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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Artikel : Linux - Lupa root Password

Apa yang boleh dilakukan jika terlupa kata lepas untuk root? Linux perlu dibawa ke "Linux Single" atau dipanggil sebagai keadaan untuk penyelanggaraan (init 1). Dalam "Linux Single", Linux akan dibawa kepada keadaan yang paling minimun dimana pengguna akan diberikan shell dengan keupayaan root. Dengan keupayaan ini kata lepas untuk root boleh tukar.

Untuk ke "Linux Single", Linux perlu reboot sehingga mendapat menu pilihan boot loader.

Untuk Grub (Contoh distribusi RedHat dan Fedora)

1. Sewaktu dalan skrin Grub, dalam pemilihan sistem operasi, tekan
kunci e (untuk edit)
2. Terdapat senarai pemilihan dan buat pilihan yang bermula dengan
kernel. Taip e pada baris ini
3. Pada hujung baris ini (hati-hati jangan terubah yang lain) taipkan
linux single
4. Tekan kunci enter untuk keluar daripada mod edit
5. Selepas kembali ke menu Grub taip b untuk boot ke Linux Single

Untuk LILO (Contoh Distribusi Mandrake)

1. Tekan kunci CTRL dan x untuk keluar daripada skrin grafik LILO dan
mendapatkan prompt LILO boot:
2. Taip linux single pada prompt LILO boot:

Selepas mendapatkan prompt shell jalankan arahan passwd root untuk tukarkan kata lepas root. Taip arahan shutdown -r untuk reboot Linux.

Sebagai langkah keselamatan

1. Pastikan komputer berada di tempat yang selamat dan berkunci.
2. Buat pilihan untuk sama ada untuk meletakkan kata lepas pada BIOS
atau boot loader atau kedua-duanya. Pastikan kata lepas tidak
dilupa. Jika perlu untuk direkod, pastikan kata lepas disimpan di
dalam peti keselamatan.
3. Buat "rescue disk" dan simpan di dalam peti simpanan keselamatan.
Labelkan dengan nama komputer dan tarikh ia dibuat.

Amalkan langkah keselamatan yang baik untuk melindungi data dan maklumat di dalam komputer. Sebarang masalah sila rujuk di forum IT Malaysia di

Harisfazillah Bin Jamel
V 1.0 29JUN2004

Hakcipta Harisfazillah Jamel 2003

posted by PuTERAKL @ 9:46 AM   |

Artikel : AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Diseases

AIDS & Sexually Transmitted Diseases are a REALITY!

1.Do you like to have unsafe sex because you claim that it feel better?

2.Do you have sex with any or everybody because he or she looks good as hell?

3.Do you like giving oral sex without caring?

4.If you answered YES to any of these - then you need to get tested for STD and AIDS because there is a high change you are infected.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It weakens your body's ability to fight off disease. As your body's immune system weakens, illnesses begin to develop until you can no longer fight them off. Symptoms may take years to develop and may include unusual infections, unexplained fatigue, night sweats and weight loss.

Herpes. Symptoms start with tingling or itching around your genitals. Small blisters may form in the area and then pop open. When this happens, you might feel burning, especially when urinating. The sores then turn to scabs. During the first outbreak, you might have swollen glands, fever and body aches. But some people don't have such obvious symptoms. Outbreaks may occur for the rest of your life, but usually become less frequent and less painful with time.

. Early signs include a chancre (a painless, red sore). The sores may appear where you were touched during sex, including your genitals, anus, tongue and throat. The glands near the chancre may swell. A few months later, you may have a fever, sore throat, and headache, not feel hungry or have joint pain. A scaly rash may appear on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet. After these symptoms pass, you may not have any symptoms for a number of years. When the symptoms return, the infections can affect the brain, spinal cord, and skin and bone.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are both bacteria. The symptoms of gonorrhea and chlamydia are very similar. Men and women often complain of a discharge, frequent urination, or burning when they urinate. In gonorrhea the discharge is often white, in chlamydia the discharge is usually clear. Very often people may not have any symptoms! Both gonorrhea and chlamydia are spread by coming in contact with the discharge. If a woman is not treated for either of these diseases, it could lead to a severe infection in her reproductive
organs which could cause infertility.

Genital warts are caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus. The warts can be removed, but the person will have the virus for the rest of their life. It is very common for the warts to reappear after they have been removed. This disease is spread by coming in contact with the wart, but often the warts cannotbe seen. Genital warts can have very different appearances.

This woman is not pregnant she has hepatitis B and is suffering from liver cancer (average life expectancy after diagnosis of liver cancer is 6 months) Hepatitis B.speards through sexual contact. Symptoms may include muscle aches, fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, headache and dizziness. As the disease worsens, you may have dark urine, loose, light-coloured stools, yellow eyes and skin, and tenderness in the liver area (just below the ribs on the right side). Hepatitis B can be fatal if it leads to liver failure or
liver cancer.





Practice Safe Sex or NO Sex; it`s a Life saver Decision!

For Muslims, we should already knew why sex without marriage is forbidden. Wassalam

posted by PuTERAKL @ 8:50 AM   |

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Boring² : Gatal Tangan


posted by PuTERAKL @ 5:30 PM   |

Artikel : Some Amazing Facts about al-Qur'an

Check this out, very interesting findings of Dr. Tariq Al Swaidan might grasp your attention:

Dr.Tarig Al Swaidan discovered some verses in the Holy Qur'an that mention one thing is equal to another, i.e. men are equal to women.

Although this makes sense grammatically, the astonishing fact is that the number of times the word man appears in the Qur'an is 24 and number of times the word woman appears is also 24, therefore not only is this phrase correct in the grammatical sense but also true mathematically, i.e. 24 = 24.

Upon further analysis of various verses, he discovered that this is consistent throughout the whole Qur'an, where it says one thing is like another. See below for astonishing result of the words mentioned number of times in Arabic Qur'an:

Dunia (one name for life) 115. Aakhirat (one name for the life after this world) 115
Malaika (Angels) 88 . Shayteen (Satan) 88
Life 145 .... Death 145
Benefit 50 . Corrupt 50
People 50 .. Messengers 50
Eblees (king of devils) 11 . Seek refuge from Eblees 11
Museebah (calamity) 75 . Thanks 75
Spending (Sadaqah) 73 . Satisfaction 73
People who are mislead 17 . Dead people 17
Muslimeen 41 . Jihad 41
Gold 8 . Easy life 8
Magic 60 . Fitnah (dissuasion, misleading) 60
Zakat (Taxes Muslims pay to the poor) 32 . Barakah (Increasing or blessings of wealth) 32
Mind 49 . Noor 49
Tongue 25 . Sermon 25
Desite 8 . Fear 8
Speaking publicly 18 . Publicising 18
Hardship 114 .... Patience 114
Muhammed 4 . Sharee'ah (Muhammed's teachings) 4
Man 24. Woman 24

And amazingly enough have a look how many times the following words appear:

Salah 5, Month 12, Day 365,
Sea 32, Land 13

Sea + land = 32+13= 45

Sea = 32/45*100=71.11111111%
Land = 13/45*100 = 28.88888889%
Sea + land =100.00%

Modern science has only recently proven that the water covers 71.111% of the earth, while the land covers 28.889%.

Is this a coincidence?
Question is that Who taught Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) all this?

Reply automatically comes in mind that ALMIGHTY ALLAH taught him this. As the Qur'an also tells us this.

Please pass this on to all your friend and Muslims you know.
Aayah 87 of Suraa (Chapter) Al-Anbia \ para 17:

During the next 60 seconds, stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally, it is only 1 minute).
All you have to do is the following:


posted by PuTERAKL @ 5:25 PM   |

Boring² : No Milk !


posted by PuTERAKL @ 5:15 PM   |

Artikel : Moon Was Once Apart (Bulan Pernah Terbelah)

"The British Muslim man said: I jumped out of my chair saying Allah (SWT) forced the Americans to spend more than a hundred million dollars to prove to Muslims a miracle that took place 1400 years ago for Mohammed (saw, PBUH)??"

The truth is further revealed.....

Pls read till the end to see the miracle of god.......

In a TV interview with the Egyptian Geologist Dr. Zaghloul Annajar, the anchor asked him about the verse: The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder (the people of Makkah requested Prophet Muhammad [saw, PBUH] to show them a miracle, so he showed them the splitting of the moon). (Quran 54:1) whether it contains any Quranic scientific astounding facts?

Dr. Zaghloul answered saying that he has a story to tell about this verse. He started explaining that at a time he delivered a lecture at Cardiff University in the West of Britain. The attendees included both Muslims and non-Muslims. A vital dialogue was taking place around scientific facts included in the Noble Quran. During the course of the lecture, a Muslim young man stood asking me, Sir do you see in the Saying of Al Haq Tabarak wa Ta`ala (Allah the Truth may He be Exalted) - and he referred to the above mentioned verse - any indication to the scientific facts included in the Quran?

Dr. Najjar answered: No because scientific astounding discoveries are interpreted through science whereas a miracle is something supernatural, which may not be interpreted through the usual. The splitting of the moon is a miracle, which happened to Prophet Mohamed (saw, PBUH) in order to prove his prophecy. Tangible miracles are only a testimony of truth for those who witnessed it. It is only that the incident was mentioned in Quran and Prophet's Sunnah that made us believe other wise we Muslims of this era would have never believed in it.

In addition that we know for sure that Allah Is most capable of anything. At that point Dr. Zaghloul narrated the story of moon splitting as included in Sunnah books. He said, Sunnah books tell that five years before the immigration of Prophet Mohamed (saw, PBUH) from Mecca to Medina, a group of people from the tribe of Quraish came challenging him saying: Oh Mohamed if you were really a Prophet and a Messenger bring to us a miracle to establish this fact. So he asked them what do you want? They said in an effort to complicate matters for him: split the moon for us. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) stood supplicating to Allah to support him and grant him victory in this hard situation. Allah may He be Exalted inspired him to sign towards the moon with his finger.

Immediately, the moon cleft into two parts standing far from each other for several hours then cling back together. The pagans started claiming: Oh Mohamed (PBUH) practiced witchcraft on us. At this point some of the wise men explained that magic would only affect the attendees whereas it can not maintain influence on everybody in general. They waited for travelers who were coming back from their journeys. The pagans harried up to the borders of Mecca in anticipation to meet the travelers. When the first arrivals appeared, they asked them did you see anything extraordinary happened to the moon? The travelers answered yes on the night (X) we saw the moon splitting into two parts which remained asunder for sometime then reattached.

Upon this statement, a number of the group believed while the rest remained pagans. Therefore, the verse explains The Hour has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder (the people of Makkah requested Prophet Muhammad (saw, PBUH) to show them a miracle, so he showed them the splitting of the moon). * And if they see a sign, they turn away, and say: This is continuous magic. *They belied (the Verses of Allah - this Quran), and followed their own lusts. And every matter will be settled (according to the kind of deeds: good deeds will take their doers to Paradise, and similarly evil deeds will take their doers to Hell). (Quran 54:1-3) until the end of the verses which were revealed in this regard.

Dr. Najjar continued that at this point a British Muslim young man introduced himself as Daoud Moussa Peetcock head of the British Islamic Party. He carried on saying sir if you allow me I would like to add on this issue? I said please do. He explained saying: At the time when I was searching in religions (before he embraced Islam), a Muslim student gave me as a present the translation of the meaning of Quran. I thanked him and took it home. The first Surat I came across when I opened the book, it was Chapter of the Moon I read has drawn near, and the moon has been cleft asunder. I said to myself, is this statement logical? Is it possible for the moon to split and then reattach what kind of power may cause this? The man explained that this verse made me reluctant to continue reading. I became busy with my life, yet Allah of course Knows how sincere I was about finding the truth. So one day Allah made me sit to watch TV.

It was a talk show between a British commentator and three American astronautics specialists. The show host was blaming the scientists for spending thriftily over space trips at a time when earth is suffering hunger, poverty, diseases and backwardness. He was telling them, it would have been more feasible to allocate this kind of money for reconstruction of earth. To this argument, the three men answered defending their position that such technology is widely applied in many wakes of life such as medicine, industry and agriculture. They added that the money is never wasted but it rather supported the development of highly advanced technology. During their dialogue, they mentioned the trip in which a man landed on the moon surface as it consumes the largest cost which comes to more than US $ The British TV anchor screamed saying what kind of thrift is this? A hundred thousand million dollars just to plant the American flag on the moon surface?

They answered no; the objective was not to plant the American flag but rather to study the interior composition of the moon. We actually came to a finding that would cost us double folds of this amount for people to believe and yet they will never believe. The show host inquired what is this fact? They replied: One day this moon was split and then reattached.

The show host again probed: how did you realize that? The scientists responded about finding a belt of transformed rocks cutting the moon from its surface to core and then to the surface again. The stated saying: we consulted with earth scientists and geologists who explained that such phenomenon would never occur unless this moon one-day split and then reattached. The British Muslim man said: I jumped out of my chair saying Allah (SWT) forced the Americans to spend more than a hundred million dollars to prove to Muslims a miracle that took place 1400 years ago for Mohammed (saw, PBUH)??

This religion must be the truth. He added: I went back to the Quran and recited Surat Al Qamar, which was my gate for accepting Islam.


posted by PuTERAKL @ 2:16 PM   |

Artikel : Perang Salib

Jerussalem merupakan kota Suci bagi ketiga-tiga agama samawi yakni Islam, Yahudi dan Kristian. Di dalam kota inilah letaknya Masjid Al-Aqsa yang dibangun oleh Nabi Sulaiman dan menjadi Kiblat pertama umat Islam sebelum beralih ke Baitullah di Makkah. Ketika Nabi Muhammad Isra', singgah dan solat di masjid ini sebelum Mi'raj ke langit. Nabi Isa as. juga dilahirkan di Baitullaham berdekatan kota Jerussalam ini.

Di masa pemerintahan Khalifah Umar bin Khattab (13-23 H/634-644 M) Jerussalam dapat direbut oleh kaum Muslimin dalam suatu penyerahan kuasa secara damai. Khalifah Umar sendiri datang ke Jerussalem untuk menerima penyerahan kota Suci itu atas desakan dan persetujuan Uskup Agung Sophronius.

Berabad abad lamanya kota itu berada di bawah pentadbiran Islam, tapi penduduknya bebas memeluk agama dan melaksanakan ajaran agamanya masing-masing tanpa ada gangguan. Orang-orang Kristian dari seluruh dunia juga bebas datang untuk mengerjakan haji di kota Suci itu dan mengerjakan upacara keagamaannya. Orang-orang Kristian dari Eropah datang mengerjakan haji dalam jumlah rombongan yang besar dengan membawa obor dan pedang
seperti tentera. Sebahagian dari mereka mempermainkan pedang dengan dikelilingi pasukan gendang dan seruling dan diiringkan pula oleh pasukan bersenjata lengkap.

Sebelum Jerussalem ditadbir Kerajaan Seljuk pada tahun 1070, upacara seperti itu dibiarkan saja oleh umat Islam, kerana dasar toleransi agama. Akan tetapi apabila Kerajaan Seljuk memerintah, upacara seperti itu tidak dibenarkan, dengan alasan keselamatan. Mungkin kerana upacara tersebut semakin berbahaya. Lebih-lebih lagi kumpulan-kumpulan yang mengambil bahagian dalam upacara itu sering menyebabkan pergaduhan dan huru hara. Disebutkan bahawa pada tahun 1064 ketua Uskup memimpin pasukan seramai 7000 orang jemaah haji yang terdiri dari kumpulan Baron-baron dan para pahlawan
telah menyerang orang-orang Arab dan orang-orang Turki.

Itulah yang membimbangkan Kerajaan Seljuk. Jadi larangan itu demi keselamatan Jemaah haji Kristian itu sendiri. Malangnya, tindakan Seljuk itu menjadi salah anggapan oleh orang-orang Eropah. Ketua-ketua agama mereka telah berkempin bahawa kebebasan agamanya telah dicabuli oleh orang-orang Islam dan menyeru agar Tanah Suci itu dibebaskan dari genggaman umat Islam.

Patriach Ermite adalah paderi yang paling lantang dan bertungkus lumus mengapi-apikan kemarahan umat Kristian. Dia asalnya seorang tentera, tapi kemudian menjadi paderi, berwatak kepala angin dan cepat marah. Dalam usahanya untuk menarik simpati umat Kristian, Ermite telah berkeliling Eropah dengan mengenderai seekor kaldai sambil memikul kayu Salib besar, berkaki ayam dan berpakaian compang camping. Dia telah berpidato di hadapan orang ramai sama ada di dalam gereja, di jalan-jalan raya atau di
pasar-pasar. Dia menceritakan sama ada benar atau bohong kisah kunjungannya ke Baitul Maqdis.

Katanya, dia melihat pencerobohan kesucian ke atas kubur Nabi Isa oleh Kerajaan Turki Seljuk. Diceritakan bahawa jemaah haji Kristian telah dihina, dizalimi dan dinista oleh orang-orang Islam di Jerussalem. Serentak dengan itu, dia menggalakkan orang ramai agar bangkit menyertai perang untuk membebaskan Jerussalem dari tangan orang Islam. Hasutan Ermite berhasil dengan menggalakkan. Paus Urbanus II mengumumkan ampunan seluruh dosa bagi yang bersedia dengan suka rela mengikuti Perang Suci itu, sekalipun sebelumnya dia merupakan seorang perompak, pembunuh, pencuri dan sebagainya. Maka keluarlah ribuan umat Kristian untuk mengikuti perang dengan memikul senjata untuk menyertai perang Suci. Mereka yang ingin mengikuti perang ini diperintahkan agar meletakkan tanda Salib di badannya, oleh kerana itulah perang ini disebut Perang Salib.

Paus Urbanus menetapkan tarikh 15 Ogos 1095 bagi pemberangkatan tentera Salib menuju Timur Tengah, tapi kalangan awam sudah tidak sabar menunggu lebih lama lagi setelah dijanjikan dengan berbagai kebebasan, kemewahan dan habuan. Mereka mendesak Paderi Patriach Ermite agar berangkat memimpin mereka. Maka Ermite pun berangkat dengan 60,000 orang pasukan, kemudian disusul oleh kaum tani dari Jerman seramai 20.000, datang lagi 200,000 orang menjadikan jumlah keseluruhannya 300,000 orang lelaki dan perempuan.
Sepanjang perjalanan, mereka di izinkan merompak, memperkosa, berzina dan mabuk-mabuk. Setiap penduduk negeri yang dilaluinya, selalu mengalu-alukan dan memberikan bantuan seperlunya.

Akan tetapi sesampainya di Hongaria dan Bulgaria, sambutan sangat dingin, menyebabkan pasukan Salib yang sudah kekurangan makanan ini marah dan merampas harta benda penduduk. Penduduk di dua negeri ini tidak tinggal diam. Walau pun mereka sama-sama beragama Kristian, mereka tidak senang dan bertindak balas. Terjadilah pertempuran sengit dan pembunuhan yang mengerikan. Dari 300,000 orang pasukan Salib itu hanya 7000 sahaja yang
selamat sampai di Semenanjung Thracia di bawah pimpinan sang Rahib.

Apabila pasukan Salib itu telah mendarat di pantai Asia kecil, pasukan kaum Muslimin yang di pimpin oleh Sultan Kalij Arselan telah menyambutnya dengan hayunan pedang. Maka terjadilah pertempuran sengit antara kaum Salib dengan pasukan Islam yang berakhir dengan hancur binasanya seluruh pasukan Salib itu.

Kaum Salib Mengganas

Setelah kaum Salib yang dipimpin oleh para Rahib yang tidak tahu strategi perang itu musnah sama sekali, muncullah pasukan Salib yang dipimpin oleh anak-anak Raja Godfrey dari Lorraine Perancis, Bohemund dari Normandy dan Raymond dari Toulouse. Mereka berkumpul di Konstantinopel dengan kekuatan 150,000 askar, kemudian menyeberang selat Bosfur dan melanggar wliayah Islam bagaikan air bah. Pasukan kaum Muslimin yang hanya berkekuatan 50,000 orang bertahan mati-matian di bawah pimpinan Sultan Kalij Arselan.

Satu persatu kota dan Benteng kaum Muslimin jatuh ke tangan kaum Salib, memaksa Kalij Arselan berundur dari satu benteng ke benteng yang lain sambil menyusun kekuatan dan taktik baru. Bala bantuan kaum Salib datang mencurah-curah dari negara-negara Eropah. Sedangkan Kalij Arselan tidak dapat mengharapkan bantuan dari wilayah-wilayah Islam yang lain, kerana mereka sibuk dengan kemelut dalaman masing-masing.

Setelah berlaku pertempuran sekian lama, akhirnya kaum Salib dapat mara dan mengepung Baitul Maqdis, tapi penduduk kota Suci itu tidak mahu menyerah kalah begitu saja. Mereka telah berjuang dengan jiwa raga mempertahankan kota Suci itu selama satu bulan. Akhirnya pada 15 Julai 1099, Baitul Maqdis jatuh ke tangan pasukan Salib, tercapailah cita-cita mereka.

Berlakulah keganasan luar biasa yang belum pernah terjadi dalam sejarah umat manusia. Kaum kafir Kristian itu telah menyembelih penduduk awam Islam lelaki, perempuan dan kanak-kanak dengan sangat ganasnya. Mereka juga membantai orang-orang Yahudi dan orang-orang Kristian yang enggan bergabung dengan kaum Salib. Keganasan kaum Salib Kristian yang sangat melampau itu telah dikutuk dan diperkatakan oleh para saksi dan penulis sejarah yang terdiri dari berbagai agama dan bangsa.

Seorang ahli sejarah Perancis, Michaud berkata: "Pada saat penaklukan Jerussalem oleh orang Kristian tahun 1099, orang-orang Islam dibantai di jalan-jalan dan di rumah-rumah. Jerussalem tidak punya tempat lagi bagi orang-orang yang kalah itu. Beberapa orang cuba mengelak dari kematian dengan cara menghendap-hendap dari benteng, yang lain berkerumun di istana dan berbagai menara untuk mencari perlindungan terutama di masjid-masjid.
Namun mereka tetap tidak dapat menyembunyikan diri dari pengejaran orang-orang Kristian itu.

Tentera Salib yang menjadi tuan di Masjid Umar, di mana orang-orang Islam cuba mempertahankan diri selama beberapa lama menambahkan lagi adegan-adegan yang mengerikan yang menodai penaklukan Titus. Tentera infanteri dan kaveleri lari tunggang langgang di antara para buruan. Di tengah huru-hara yang mengerikan itu yang terdengar hanya rintihan dan jeritan kematian. Orang-orang yang menang itu memijak-mijak tumpukan mayat ketika mereka lari mengejar orang yang cuba menyelamatkan diri dengan sia-sia.

Raymond d'Agiles, yang menyaksikan peristiwa itu dengan mata kepalanya sendiri mengatakan: "Di bawah serambi masjid yang melengkung itu, genangan darah dalamnya mencecah lutut dan mencapai tali kekang kuda."

Aksi pembantaian hanya berhenti beberapa saat saja, yakni ketika pasukan Salib itu berkumpul untuk menyatakan kesyukuran di atas kemenangan mereka. Tapi sebaik saja upacara itu selesai, pembantaian diteruskan dengan lebih ganas lagi.

Seterusnya Michaud berkata: "Semua yang tertangkap yang disisakan dari pembantaian pertama, semua yang telah diselamatkan untuk mendapatkan upeti, dibantai dengan kejam. Orang-orang Islam itu dipaksa terjun dari puncak menara dan bumbung-bumbung rumah, mereka dibakar hidup-hidup , diheret dari tempat persembunyian bawah tanah, diheret ke hadapan umum dan dikurbankan di tiang gantungan.

Air mata wanita, tangisan kanak-kanak, begitu juga pemandangan dari tempat Yesus Kristus memberikan ampun kepada para algojonya, sama sekali tidak dapat meredhakan nafsu membunuh orang-orang yang menang itu. Penyembelihan itu berlangsung selama seminggu. Beberapa orang yang berhasil melarikan diri, dimusnahkan atau dikurangkan bilangannya dengan perhambaan atau kerja paksa yang mengerikan."

Gustav Le Bon telah mensifatkan penyembelihan kaum Salib Kristian sebagaimana kata-katanya: "Kaum Salib kita yang "bertakwa" itu tidak memadai dengan melakukan berbagai bentuk kezaliman, kerosakan dan penganiayaan, mereka kemudian mengadakan suatu mesyuarat yang memutuskan supaya dibunuh saja semua penduduk Baitul Maqdis yang terdiri dari kaum Muslimin dan bangsa Yahudi serta orang-orang Kristian yang tidak memberikan pertolongan kepada mereka yang jumlah mencapai 60,000 orang. Orang-orang itu telah dibunuh semua dalam masa 8 hari saja termasuk perempuan, kanak-kanak dan orang tua,
tidak seorang pun yang terkecuali.

Ahli sejarah Kristian yang lain, Mill, mengatakan: "Ketika itu diputuskan bahawa rasa kasihan tidak boleh diperlihatkan terhadap kaum Muslimin. Orang-orang yang kalah itu diheret ke tempat-tempat umum dan dibunuh. Semua kaum wanita yang sedang menyusu, anak-anak gadis dan anak-anak lelaki dibantai dengan kejam. Tanah padang, jalan-jalan, bahkan tempat-tempat yang tidak berpenghuni di Jerusssalem ditaburi oleh mayat-mayat wanita dan lelaki, dan tubuh kanak-kanak yang koyak-koyak. Tidak ada hati yang lebur
dalam keharuan atau yang tergerak untuk berbuat kebajikan melihat peristiwa mengerikan itu."

posted by PuTERAKL @ 1:47 PM   |

Artikel : Osama bin Laden

Ketika Timur Tengah menikmati peningkatan ekonomi hasil dari perdagangan minyak pada tahun-tahun 1970-an, Muhammad bin Laden berhijrah dari Yamandan bermastautin di Saudi Arabia. Beliau memulakan sebuah perniagaan yang kemudiannya menjadi salah satu daripada syarikat pembinaan yang terbesar di Timur Tengah, Bin Laden Corporation.

Syarikat ini terbabit dengan pembinaan jalanraya, bangunan, masjid, lapangan terbang dan lain-lain prasarana di kebanyakan negara-negara Timur Tengah. Osama adalah anak kepada Muhammad bin Laden. Sebagai seorang anak muda, beliau jelas lebih warak daripada saudara-saudaranya yang lain dan penglibatan syarikat keluarga beliau dalam pembinaan semula Masjidil-Haram dan Masjid An-Nabawi di Makkah dan Madinah telah memberi kesan yang mendalam kepada beliau.

Pada tahun 1979, sebaik sahaja selepas beliau menamatkan pelajaran diUniversiti King Abdul Aziz di Jeddah dengan memperolehi ijazah dalam bidang Kejuruteraan Sivil, Soviet Union menyerang dan menduduki Afghanistan. Pihak Mujahideen mengeluarkan permohonan bantuan antarabangsa. Osama bin Laden menyahut seruan itu dengan menghantar dirinya sendiri bersama-sama dengan jentolak-jentolak keluarganya ke Afghanistan. Beliau tersentuh, kata beliau, dengan permintaan dari umat Islam yang lemah menghadapi 'kuasa-besar' abad ke-20.

"Di dalam agama kita terdapat tempat yang istimewa di akhirat nanti kepada mereka yang menyertai jihad," kata beliau. "Sehari di Afghanistan adalah seperti 1000 hari bersembahyang di mana-mana masjid biasa." Pada mulanya sumbangan beliau lebih kepada sumbangan sokongan. Beliau merekrut beribu-ribu pejuang Arab dari Timur Tengah, membiayai tambang mereka ke Afghanistan dan mendirikan kem-kem untuk melatih mereka. Kemudiannya beliau juga telah merekabentuk terowong-terowong pertahanan dan parit-parit di sepanjang sempadan Pakistan, memandu jentolak, menghadapi risiko tembakan-tembakan helikopter Sovier.

Tidak lama kemudiaan, beliau sendiri mula menggalas Kalashnikov dan menyertai pertempuran. Pada tahun 1986, beliau bersama-sama beberapa dozen pejuang Arab berjaya mematahkan serangan pihak Soviet ke atas sebuah bandar yang bernama Jaji, tidak jauh dari sempadan Pakistan. Kepada para Mujahideen Arab tersebut, kejayaan ini adalah antara bukti pertama bahawa pihak Russia boleh dikalahkan.

Setahun kemudian, Bin Laden memimpin satu serangan ke atas tentera Soviet di dalam pertempuran Shaban. Pertempuran tangan yang hebat menyebabkan ramai dari para Mujahideen gugur syahid. Walau bagaimanpun Osama dan para Mujahideen pimpinannya berjaya juga menghalau pihak Soviet keluar dari kawasan tersebut dengan pertolongan Allah s.w.t.

"Beliau merupakan seorang wira pada kami kerana beliau sentiasa di barisan hadapan, sentiasa mara ke hadapan," ujar Hamza Mohammed, seorang pejuang Palestin yang menyertai jihad di Afghanistan dan kini menguruskan salah sebuah projek pembinaan Bin Laden di Sudan."Beliau bukan sekadar memberikan wang beliau tetapi beliau juga memberikan diri beliau. Beliau datang dari istana untuk tinggal bersama-sama dengan orang miskin Afghan dan para pejuang Arab. Beliau masak dengan mereka,makan dengan mereka, menggali kubu-kubu dengan mereka. Itulah cara Bin Laden." Semasa pembesaran Masjidil-Haram dan Masjid An-Nabawi pada sekitar 1980-an, Raja Fahd sendiri menawarkan Osama kontrak untuk membesarkan Masjid Rasulullah s.a.w. di Madinah.Kontrak ini akan memberikan untung bersih sebanyak $90 juta kepada beliau.Beliau menolak tawaran ini kerana beliau tahu tawaran ini adalah untuk mengalih perhatian beliau dari jihad di Afghanistan kepada pembinaan masjid. Beliau pernah berkata bahawa kekayaan beliau bertambah dan perniagaan beliau semakin maju selaras dengan bertambahnya wang yang beliau belanjakan untuk jihad. Bin Laden pulang ke tanahair dan disambut sebagi kenamaan.

Tetapi kepopularan beliau mula menghilang apabila beliau mula mengatakan kebenaran terutamanya yang menyentuh rejim Saudi. Kerajaan tersebut sudahpun dikritik oleh para aktivis Islam kerana penyelewengan dan tidak melaksanakan perundangan Islam. Semua ini juga ditentang oleh Bin Laden. Akhirnya apabila Raja Fahd membenarkan tentera kuffar Barat masuk ke Saudi ketika Perang Teluk, beliau mula mengkritik kerajaaan dengan terbuka.

Beliau juga menjadi sasaran kempen penganiayaan ke atas aktivis Islam lantas beliau melarikan diri ke Sudan pada 1991. Sejumlah besar 'Arab Afghan' dari pelbagai negara mengikuti beliau ke Sudan dan bekerja di syarikat yang beliau tubuhkan di Sudan. Beliau berusaha membantu Sudan dengan membina prasarana.

Kerajaan Saudi mengisytiharkan beliau penjenayah dan kewarganegaraan beliau dilucutkan. Sejumlah wang yang banyak juga diletakkan untuk kepala beliau. Di Sudan, perniagaan beliau berkembang maju sehingga menjadi lebih besar dari yang di Timur Tengah. Satu cubaan membunuh beliau telah dilakukan di Sudan tetapi beliau berjaya menyelamatkan diri walaupun mengalami kecederaan. Beliau tinggal di Sudan selama kira-kira lima tahun, membiayai jihad di pelbagai negara di dunia seperti Afghanistaan, Bosnia,Yaman, Chechnya dan lain-lain tempat sehinggalah kerajaan Sudan mengusir beliau atas tekanan dari Amerika Syarikat dan atas tuduhan beliau membiyai gerakan pengganas (gelaran kuffar Barat kepada Mujahideen) di seluruh dunia.

Dengan kekayaan peribadi yang dianggarkan sekitar $300 juta, beliaulah yang dianggap 'U.S. State Department' sebagai "seorang daripada penaja kewangan utama gerakan extrimis Islam di dunia kini." Ataupun seperti mana yang dikatakan oleh seorang pegawai Amerika Syarikat, beliau adalah 'ikan besar' kerana reputasi keperwiraan beliau memberikan beliau pengaruh. Menurut pegawai ini, "Bin Laden adalah orang yang boleh pergi menemui seseorang dan berkata, "Saya mahu awak tuliskan cek 6 angka," dan beliau akan mendapat cek tersebut serta merta.

Pada musim panas 1996, Bin Laden berpindah dari Sudan ke Afghanistan. Beliau kini di Afghanistan membantu membiaya dan menyusun para Mujahideen seluruh dunia. Selepas kedaan yang semakin buruk di Saudi Arabia, selepas penahanan para ulama dan ratusan pemuda-pemuda Mujahideen, selepas kekayaan negara tergadai kepada Barat dan pendudukan tentera Amerika di 3 bumi suci, Bin Ladin membuat keputusan untuk bertindak.

Pada 26 Ogos 1996, beliau mengeluarkan kenyataan yang pertama, dokumen berbahasa Arab setebal 12 mukasurat yang bertajuk, "Pengisytiharan Perang" oleh Osama bin Muhammad bin Laden. Kenyataan ini memberikan amaran terakhir kepada semua tentera Amerika agar meninggalkan bumi suci umat Islam atau mereka akan menerima tindakan ketenteraan dari para pemuda yang sama dengan bantuan Allah s.w.t yang telah mengalahkan kuasa kuffar terbesar di dunia, di Afghanistan. "Umat Islam terbakar dengar kemarahan kepada Amerika. Demi kebaikannya sendiri, Amerika mesti meninggalkan Saudi Arabia-bumi tanah haram" - Osama bin Laden.

Mujahid ini meninggalkan kehidupan mewah dengan kekayaan yang tak termimpi oleh kita. Apakah sebabnya? Apakah yang ada pada jihad sehingga menjadi lebih manis daripada kehidupan mewah dengan $300 juta? Masihkah kita sayangkan sedikit kekayaan kita dari cinta pada Allah juga Rasul-Nya? Masihkah kita sayangkan dunia ini hingga melupakan akhirat? Masih lekakah kita dengan hidup sehingga kita melupakan mati, Mati yang hanya sekali itu...Untuk siapakah mati kita?

posted by PuTERAKL @ 1:32 PM   |

Artikel : Edisi Siasat - Budak Kecik Hisap Rokok

Apa kejadah nyer nih ???

posted by PuTERAKL @ 1:19 PM   |

Tazkirah : Pesanan Mendiamkan Diri Ketika Azan

Kematian itu pasti menjelma. Hanya masa dan waktunya yang tidak kita ketahui. Cuba kita amati. Mengapa kebanyakan orang yg nazak, hampir ajal tidak dapat berkata apa-apa. Lidahnya kelu, keras dan hanya mimik mukanya yang menahan kesakitan 'sakaratul maut'.

Diriwayatkan sebuah hadis yg bermaksud: "Hendaklah kamu mendiamkan diri ketika azan, jika tidak Allah akan kelukan lidahnya ketika maut menghampirinya." Ini jelas menunjukkan, kita disarankan agar mendiamkan diri, jangan berkata apa-apa pun semasa azan berkumandang. Sebagai orang beragama Islam kita wajib menghormati azan. Banyak fadhilatnya. Jika lagu kebangsaan kita diajar agar berdiri tegak dan diamkan diri. Mengapa ketika azan kita tidak boleh mendiamkan diri? Lantas sesiapa yang berkata-kata ketika azan, Allah akan kelukan lidahnya ketika nazak. Kita takut dengan kelunya lidah kita semasa ajal hampir tiba maka kita tidak dapat mengucap kalimah "Lailahaillallah.." yang mana sesiapa yang dapat mengucapkan kalimah ini ketika nyawanya akan dicabut All!ah dgn izinNya menjanjikan syurga untuk mereka.

Dari itu marilah kita sama-sama menghormati azan dan mohon kepada Allah supaya lidah ini tidak kelu semasa nyawa kita sedang dicabut. "Ya Allah! Anugerahkanlah kematian kami dengan kematian yang baik lagi mulia, lancarkan lidah kami mengucap kalimah "Lailahaillallah.." semasa sakaratul maut menghampiri kami. Amin.. amin.. amin Yarobbal a'lamin.."


Wahai Ali, bagi orang MUKMIN ada 3 tanda-tandanya:
1) Tidak terpaut hatinya pada harta benda dunia.
2) Tidak terpesona dengan pujuk rayu.
3) Benci terhadap perbualan dan perkataan sia-sia.

Wahai Ali, bagi orang 'ALIM itu ada 3 tanda2nya:
1) Jujur dalam berkata-kata.
2) Menjauhi segala yg haram.
3) Merendahkan diri.

Wahai Ali, bagi orang yg JUJUR itu ada 3 tanda2nya:
1) Merahsiakan ibadahnya.
2) Merahsiakan sedekahnya.
3) Merahsiakan ujian yg menimpanya.

Wahai Ali, bagi org yg TAKWA itu ada 3 tanda2nya:
1) Takut berlaku dusta dan keji.
2) Menjauhi kejahatan.
3) Memohon yang halal kerana takut jatuh dalam keharaman.

Wahai Ali, bagi AHLI IBADAH itu ada 3 tanda2nya:
1) Mengawasi dirinya.
2) Menghisab dirinya.
3) Memperbanyakkan ibadah kepada Allah s.w.t.

posted by PuTERAKL @ 12:18 PM   |

Artikel : Hotmail to offer 250MB of free storage

Microsoft said Wednesday that it will boost storage limits in its Hotmail Web e-mail service, a move intended to counter similar steps taken by rivals Google and Yahoo.

The upgrade will increase Hotmail's free e-mail storage limits from 2 megabytes to 250MB and its paid e-mail service, which costs $19.95 a year, from 10MB to 2 gigabytes. The changes will begin in early July.

"With these new offers, storage will not be an issue for MSN Hotmail customers," Blake Irving, corporate vice president of communication services for MSN, said in a statement.

The storage follows similar announcements from Google and Yahoo. The storage boost started when Google announced in April that it plans to launch a new e-mail service called Gmail that will give people 1GB of storage for free. The service has attracted some controversy, because it will serve advertisements based on keywords found in the text of peoples' e-mail messages.

Indeed, Google's initial steps into storage increases countered the industry's trend to charge extra for more memory. Over the past few years, Yahoo and Hotmail have both taken steps to decrease memory in hopes of convincing free users to become paying subscribers.

Earlier this month, Yahoo launched its own upgrade to 100MB for free users and 2GB for its paid users. The company said the changes would make e-mail storage a "nonissue."

"We'll remain focused on what e-mailers want and need, and people can expect to see a number of new enhancements to Yahoo Mail in the coming months," Yahoo spokeswoman Mary Osako said in response to the Microsoft announcement.

Ask Jeeves also plans to grant its e-mail subscribers more storage room. Earlier this year, the search company acquired Interactive Search Holdings, including My Way, The Excite Network and, which all serve Web surfers with free e-mail. Ask Jeeves plans to give each of the sites' e-mail subscribers 125MB of free storage, up from an allottment of 3MB to 6MB previously.

Separately, Microsoft said it will offer free antivirus software to scan e-mails before they appear in a user's in-box.

is this true ? nyer!

posted by PuTERAKL @ 9:29 AM   |

Monday, June 28, 2004

Artikel : Why Muslim Cannot Eat Pig ?

You want to know?? Good scientific explanation Adakah anda ingin tahu. Satu penjelasan saintifik yang bagus.

Bob: Tell me why is it that a Muslim is very particular about the words Halaal and Haraam; what do they mean?
(terangkan kepada saya kenapa orang Islam ni sangat mementingkan dan begitu teliti dengan istilah 'Halal dan juga Haram'; apa sebenarnya maksud perkataan-pekataan tersebut)

Yunus: That which is permissible is termed Halaal and that which is not permissible is termed Haraam and it is the Quran which draws the distinction between the two.
(Halal bermaksud perkara yang dibenarkan dalam Islam manakala haram pula
bermaksud perkara yang tidak dibenarkan dalam Islam dan al Quranlah yang
telah menggariskan perbezaan diantara keduanya.)

Bob: Can you give me an example?
(Boleh awak beri saya contoh?)

Yunus: Yes, Islam has prohibited blood of any type. You will agree that a chemical analysis of blood shows that it contains an abundance of uric acid, a chemical substance which can be injurious to human health.
(Ok. Islam telah melarang memakan apa jua jenis darah (kecuali darah ikan dan belalang kalau tak silap saya). Kamu tentu akan setuju bahawa satu analisis kimia terhadap darah menunjukkan ia mengandungi banyak asid urik, iaitu satu bahan kimia yang merbahaya pada kesihatan manusia.)

Bob: You're right about the toxic nature of uric acid, in the human being it is excreted as a waste product and in fact we are told that 98% of the body's uric acid is extracted from the blood by the kidneys and removed through urination.
(Kamu benar berkaitan dengan toksid semulajadi yang terkandung dalam asid urik ni.Di dalam badan manusia, ia digolongkan sebagai bahan kumuh/buangan, malahan kami diberitahu bahawa 98% dari asid urik ini diekstrak/ditapis daripada darah oleh buah pinggang dan dibuang melalui sistem perkumuhan)

Yunus: Now I think that you'll appreciate the special prescribed method of animal slaughter in Islam.
(Sekarang saya rasa kamu akan dapat merasai betapa beruntungnya satu cara istimewa dalam Islam berkenaan penyembelihan binatang.)

Bob: What do you mean?
(Apa maksud kamu)

Yunus: You see, the wielder of the knife, whilst taking the name of the 'Almighty', makes an incision through the jugular veins, leaving all other veins and organs intact.
(maksudnya, ketajaman pisau, menyembelih dengan menggunakan nama Allah yang Maha Besar, menyembelih pada urat leher, ini semua akan menyebabkan organ - organ penting lain pada haiwan tidak rosak)

Bob: I see, this causes the death of the animal by total loss of blood from the body, rather than an injury to any vital organ.
(jadi kematian pada haiwan adalah melalui cara hilangnya darah secara keseluruhan daripada tubuh haiwan tersebut dan bukannya dengan mencederakan pada organ-organ penting yang lain)

Yunus: Yes, were the organs, example the heart, the liver, or the brain crippled or damaged, the animal could die immediately and its blood would congeal in its veins and would eventually permeate the flesh. This implies that the animal flesh would be permeated and contaminated with uric acid and therefore very poisonous; only today did our dieticians realize such thing.
(ya, sebagai contoh, sekiranya organ jantung, hati, atau otak retak atau rosak, binatang itu akan mati dengan cepat dan darahnya akan menjadi kental dalam salur darah dan ini secara perlahan lahan akan menyebabkan ia meresap ke dalam daging. Ini akan menyebabkan daging diresapi dan tercemar dengan asid urik menyebabkan ia menjadi amat beracun dan baru sekarang pakar-pakar diet menyedari akan hal ini.)

Bob: Again, while on the topic of food; Why do Muslims condemn the eating of pork or ham or any foods related to pigs or swine.
(Bercakap mengenai makanan ni,kenapa orang Islam ni menolak untuk memakan daging khinzir atau sebarang makanan yang berkaitan dengannya)

Yunus: Actually, apart from the Quran prohibiting the consumption of pork,bacon (pig flesh); in fact the Bible too in Leviticus chapter 11,verse 8, regarding swine it says, "of their flesh (of the swine, another name for pig) shall you not eat, and of their carcass you shall not touch; they are unclean to you."Further, did you know that a pig cannot be slaughtered at the neck for it does not have a neck; that is according to its natural anatomy.. A Muslim reasons that if the pig was to be slaughtered and fit for human consumption the Creator would have provided it with a neck.
Nonetheless, all that aside, I am sure you are well informed about the harmful effects of the consumption of pork, in any form, be it pork chops,ham, bacon.
(sebenarnya , ada bahagian daripada Al-Quran melarang penggunaan daging khinzir ini. Malah dalam Bible sendiri dalam Leviticus, chapter 11,verse 8, berkaitan dengan daging khinzir ini , kata Bible ,? Pada daging khinzir itu, janganlah kamu makan, dan bangkainya janganlah kamu sentuh , ia adalah tidak bersih untuk kamu. Tahukah juga kamu bahawa seekor khinzir tidak boleh disembelih pada lehernya kerana ia sendiri sebenarnya tidak mempunyai leher jika kita nak tengok dari anatomi semulajadinya. Bagi orang Muslim sekiranya khinzir itu boleh disembelih dan sesuai untuk keperluan manusia,maka Tuhan tentunya akan menjadikan khinzir itu mempunyai leher. Apapun,
tanpa melihat pada semua itu, saya yakin bahawa kamu tentu tahu betapa daging khinzir ini, walau dalam apa jua bentuk pun akan memberikan kesan yang merbahaya.)

Bob: The medical science finds that there is a risk for various disease as the pig is found to be a host for many parasites and potential diseases.
(Sains perubatan mendapati bahawa khinzir ini mrerupakan hos/perumah bagi pelbagai jenis parasit dan berisiko kepada terhadap pelbagai jenis penyakit)

Yunus: Yes, even apart from that, as we talked about uric acid content in the blood, it is important to note that the pig's biochemistry excretes only 2% of its total uric acid content, the remaining 98% remains as an integral part of the body.
(Ya, malah selain daripada itu sebagaimana kita berbincang mengenai kandungan asid urik dalam darah tadi, didapati khinzir hanya membuang 2% daripada kandungan asid uriknya sebagai bahan kumuhan dan baki 98% lagi akan kekal sebagai sebahagian dari tubuhnya.)

Please forward to may answer some of their questions especially when the non-Muslim ask. To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully."

"Pada hari itu manusia keluar dari kuburnya dalam keadaan bermacam-macam, supaya diperlihatkan kepada mereka (balasan) pekerjaan mereka. Barangsiapa mengerjakan kebaikan sebesar zarah pun, nescaya dia akan melihat (balasan)nya pula. Dan barangsiapa yang mengerjakan kejahatan seberat zarah pun, nescaya dia akan melihat balasannya pula." (al Zalzalah:6-8)

posted by PuTERAKL @ 6:41 PM   |

Friday, June 25, 2004

Boring² : Why is HONEY golden in color?

A) Because of the Sun the flowers receive?
B) Because Flower Pollen is naturally Golden?
C) Because it's manufactured that way?
D) I don't know.

The answer may be found below.


posted by PuTERAKL @ 2:26 PM   |

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Boring² : Memane Pon Ade Exam aaaa...


posted by PuTERAKL @ 4:17 PM   |

Tazkirah : Petua Untuk Murah Rezeki dan Dijauhkan Kesulitan

Abu Yazid Al Busthami, pelopor sufi, pada suatu hari pernah didatangi seorang lelaki yang wajahnya kusam dan keningnya selalu berkerut. Dengan murung lelaki itu mengadu, "Tuan Guru, sepanjang hidup saya, rasanya tak pernah lepas saya beribadah kepada Allah. Orang lain sudah lelap, saya masih bermunajat. Isteri saya belum bangun, saya sudah mengaji. Saya juga bukan pemalas yang enggan mencari rezeki.Tetapi mengapa saya selalu malang dan kehidupan saya penuh kesulitan?"

Sang Guru menjawab sederhana, "Perbaiki penampilanmu dan rubahlah roman mukamu. Kau tahu, Rasulullah adalah penduduk dunia yang miskin namun wajahnya tak pernah keruh dan selalu ceria. Sebab menurut Rasulullah, salah satu tanda penghuni neraka ialah muka masam yang membuat orang curiga kepadanya." Lelaki itu tertunduk.

Ia pun berjanji akan memperbaiki penampilannya. Wajahnya senantiasa berseri. Setiap kesedihan diterima dengan sabar, tanpa mengeluh. Alhamdullilah sesudah itu ia tak pernah
datang lagi untuk berkeluh kesah. Keserasian selalu dijaga. Sikapnya ramah,wajahnya senantiasa mengulum senyum bersahabat. Roman mukanya berseri.

Tak heran jika Imam Hasan Al Basri berpendapat, awal keberhasilan sesuatu pekerjaan adalah roman muka yang ramah dan penuh senyum. Bahkan Rasulullah menegaskan, senyum adalah sedekah paling murah tetapi paling besar pahalanya.

Demikian pula seorang suami atau seorang isteri. Alangkah celakanya rumah tangga jika suami isteri selalu berwajah tegang. Sebab tak ada persoalan yang diselesaikan dengan mudah melalui kekeruhan dan ketegangan. Dalam hati yang tenang, pikiran yang dingin dan wajah cerah, Insya Allah, apapun persoalannya nescaya dapat diatasi.

Inilah yang dinamakan keluarga sakinah, yang di dalamnya penuh dengan cinta dan kasih sayang.

Anda ingin beramal soleh...? Tolong kirimkan kepada rakan-rakan muslim lainnya yang anda kenal."

posted by PuTERAKL @ 3:28 PM   |

Words of Wisdom : Ada Apa Dengan Cinta ?

Aku amik dari satu forum...cun kan ??

posted by PuTERAKL @ 1:50 PM   |

Monday, June 21, 2004

Tazkirah : Menangis

Kata Ibnu Qayyim - terdapat 10 Jenis Tangis :-

1) Menangis kerana kasih sayang & kelembutan hati.
2) Menangis kerana rasa takut.
3) Menangis kerana cinta.
4) Menangis kerana gembira.
5) Menangis kerana menghadapi penderitaan.
6) Menangis kerana terlalu sedih.
7) Menangis kerana terasa hina dan lemah.
8) Menangis untuk mendapat belas kasihan orang.
9) Menangis kerana mengikut-ikut orang menangis.
10) Menangis orang munafik - pura-pura menangis.

"..dan bahawasanya DIA lah yang menjadikan orang tertawa dan menangis." (An Najm : 43)

Jadi, Allah lah yang menciptakan ketawa dan tangis, serta menciptakan sebab tercetusnya. Banyak air mata telah mengalir di dunia ini. Sumbernya dari mata mengalir ke pipi terus jatuh ke bumi. Mata itu kecil namun ia tidak pernah kering ia berlaku setiap hari tanpa putus-putus. Sepertilah sungai yang mengalir ke laut tidak pernah berhenti?.kalaulah air mata itu ditampung banjirlah dunia ini.

Tangis tercela atau terpuji ??

Ada tangisan yang sangat di cela umpamanya meratapi mayat dengan meraung dan memukul-mukul dada atau merobek-robek pakaian.

Ada pula tangisan sangat-sangat di puji dan di tuntut iaitu tangisan kerana menginsafi dosa-dosa yang silam atau tangis kerana takut akan azab dan siksa Allah.

Tangisan dapat memadamkan api Neraka

"Rasulullah saw bersabda : Tidaklah mata seseorang menitiskan air mata kecuali Allah akan mengharamkan tubuhnya dari api neraka. Dan apabila air matanya mengalir ke pipi maka wajahnya tidak akan terkotori oleh debu kehinaan, apabila seorang daripada suatu kaum menangis, maka kaum itu akan dirahmati. Tidaklah ada sesuatupun yang tak mempunyai kadar dan balasan kecuali air mata. Sesungguhnya air mata dapat memadamkan lautan api

Air mata taubat Nabi Adam a.s

Beliau menangis selama 300 tahun ta npa mendongak ke langit tersangat takut dan hibanya terhadap dosa yang telah ia lakukan.Dia bersujud di atas gunung dan air matanya mengalir di jurang Serandip. Dari air matanya itulah Allah telah menumbuhkan pohon kayu manis dan pohon bunga cengkih.Beberapa ekor burung telah meminum akan air mata Adam lalu berkata, "Manis sungguh air ini." Nabi Adam terdengar lalu menyangka burung itu mempersendakannya
lalu ia memperhebatkan tangisannya.

Lalu Allah mendengar dan menerima taubat Adam dan mewahyukan, "Hai Adam sesungguhnya belum Aku pernah menciptakan air lebih lazat daripada air mata taubat mu!."

Air mata yang tiada di tuntut Janganlah menangis kalau tak tercapai cita-cita bukan kah Tuhan yang telah menentukannya.

Janganlah menangis nonton filem hindustan itu kan cuma lakonan.
Janganlah menangis kerana cinta tak berbalas mungkin dia bukanlah
jodoh yang telah Tuhan tetapkan.
Janganlah menangis jika gagal dalam peperiksaan mungkin kita kurang membuat persediaan.
Jangan menangis kalau wang kita hilang di jalanan sebab mungkin kita kurang bersedekah buat amalan.
Janganlah menangis kalau tidak di naikkan pangkat yakin lah, rezeki itu adalah pemberian Tuhan.

Dari itu??..

Simpanlah air mata-air mata tangisan itu semua buat bekalan untuk menginsafi di atas segala kecuaian yang telah melanda diri, segala dosa-dosa yang berupa bintik2 hitam yang telah mengkelamkan hati hingga sukar untuk menerima hidayah dari Allah swt. Seru lah air mata itu dari persembunyiannya di balik kelopak mata agar ia menitis membasahi dan
mencuci hati agar ia putih kembali dan juga semoga ia dapat melebur dosa2 dan moga-moga akan mendapat ampunanNya jua.

Junjungan Mulia bersabda

"Ada 2 biji mata yang tak tersentuh api neraka, mata yang menangis di waktu malam hari kerana takut kepada Allah swt dan 2 biji mata yang menjaga pasukan fisabillah di waktu malam."

"Di antara 7 golongan manusia yang akan mendapat naungan Allah di hari iamat"?? seseorang yang berzikir bersendirian lalu mengenang tentang kebesaran Allah swt lalu bercucuran air matanya."

"Jika tubuh seseorang hamba gementar kerana takut kepada Allah, maka berguguran lah dosa-dosanya bak gugurnya dedaunan dari pepohonan kering."

Berkata Salman Al Faarisi r.a
Aku di buat menangis atas 3 perkara jua :
1) Berpisah dengan Rasulullah saw dan para sahabat-sahabat.
2) Ketakutan seorang yang perkasa tatkala melihat malaikat Israil datang mencabut nyawanya.
3) Aku tidak tahu samada aku akan di perintahkan untuk ke syurga atau neraka.

Air mata tanda rahmat Tuhan
Rasulullah saw bersabda : Jagalah mayat ketika kematiannya & perhatikanlah 3 perkara :

1) Apabila dahi nya berpeluh.
2) Airmatanya berlinang.
3) Hidungnya keluar cecair seperti hingus.

kerana hal hal tersebut menandakan rahmat Allah swt untuk si mayat.
(riwayat dari Salman al Faarisi)

Sucikanlah 4 hal dengan 4 perkara :
"Wajahmu dengan linangan air mata keinsafan, Lidahmu basah dengan berzikir kepada Penciptamu, Hatimu takut dan gementar kepada kehebatan Rabbmu, dan dosa-dosa yang silam disulami dengan taubat kepada Dzat yang Memilikimu."

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Friday, June 18, 2004

Artikel : Fatwa Advice to Overcome Porn Addiction

Title of Fatwa : Advice to Overcome Porn Addiction
Date of Fatwa : 6/ September/ 2003

Question of Fatwa

Dear Sheikh! Our young people (may Allah grant them guidance) sometimes abuse the Internet by browsing the porn websites wasting time and effort and even disobeying Allah. What is your advice to those teenagers and others?


In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner! Thank you for this question, which reflects a true desire to get knowledge about Islam and its guidance that leads to happiness and peace of mind.

In the first place, it is to be noted that logging in and browsing pornographic sites is forbidden because a Muslim is always commanded to lower his/her gaze, let alone give a loose rein to his/her hungry eye to look at the private parts of others. More importantly, such acts cause psychological and social injury. Besides, many people in general, and teenagers in particular, waste their lives and times doing things which Allah forbade them to do. A Muslim is always commanded to spend his time in useful things, cherish what benefits him in the present, plan for his coming days, and always make the reward of the Hereafter his/her top priority.

The prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Ahmad ibn Hamad Al-Khalili, the Grand Mufti of Oman states the following:

First of all, my advice to those young people is that they should fear Almighty Allah regarding their life and youthfulness. They are to bear in mind that they will be reckoned for these two and will be questioned what they have done with them. The Hadith says: "The feet of a son of Adam will not be removed (meaning he will be standing for reckoning until he is asked about the following five), unless he is questioned about five things: his life and how he has spent it, his youth time and how he managed it, his wealth from where and how it has been spent, and his actions how close or far they are from his knowledge."

Man will be questioned about his life since it is the greatest Divine gift. Those, however, waste their life browsing these porn sites and thus spoil the greatest Divine blessing given to them, namely life. Man is granted this life not to spend it in quest for lusts and desires of the flesh, but to utilize it for the life of eternity, the Hereafter. In that eternal life everything is blessed, no poverty is there, no sickness, no senility. That eternal life is only for those who lead this life in straightness, uprightness and conformity with the laws of Allah.

Let those young people, then, fear Allah regarding their youth. Youth is not a time for play or whimsical actions; rather, it is the time for fruitful work and action, ambition and perfection.

The youth have always been the indicator of progress or decline of every nation or people. The more they stick to the dictates of virtue and uprightness, the greater their nation will become. The more they fall in the den of vice, the lower their nation will go. Thus, we have the necessity for right and moral upbringing of the youth.

I advise all those young people to consider the value of their lives and stop wasting it in trivialities. They should bear in mind that death may overtake them all of a sudden. All people are like prisoners in a cell waiting for their execution. No one knows when, but they should prepare themselves for it. Almighty Allah says: "Every soul shall taste death." (Al `Imran: 185)"

The following working steps to fight porn addiction are for all, no matter their age:

Step One: Admit that you can't give up.

Admit that you are unable to get a grip on your consumption of pornography. It is uncontrollable. Every time you turn on the internet, go to the video store, turn on the television, you cannot say NO to yourself. You cannot NOT surf porn sites, or stop watching. You are no longer in control of your life.

Step Two: Admit that only Allah can get you out of this.

You know, after trying through so many ways to control your addiction and subsequently failing, that only Allah can help you out of this. You may have known it before, but you are convinced of it now without a shadow of a doubt.

Step Three: Your life and death are all in Allah's control.

Decide to put your complete trust in Allah, Who is in control of all aspects of your life and your death, and to bring this problem to Him and seek His help first and foremost.

Step Four: Do a self-analysis.

Do an honest, sincere, but often painful self-evaluation of your good points, bad points, and analyze your addiction, trying to understand how you reached this point.

Step Five: Make a specific repentance to Allah.

Admit to Allah and to yourself and to another trusted Muslim (if possible) exactly where you went wrong. Do not make a general request for repentance. Specifically list your mistakes and, in particular, your addiction to pornography.

Step Six: Be open and ready to receive Allah's help to change.

You know your sincere repentance must be followed by action. Be ready to do what is necessary to change, no matter how difficult or painful, even if it means not even watching television for the news or never surfing the Internet alone.

Step Seven: Ask for the removal of faults.

Ask Allah with sincerity, humility and regret to help you never repeat this action (looking at pornography) again and to help you avoid repeating sins committed in the past.

Step Eight: Do a nightly self-evaluation.

Every night do an honest self-evaluation of your behavior and be ready to admit your mistakes and thank Allah for the good you did that day.

Step Nine: Make lots of du`a’ (supplication) and try to increase your taqwa (fear of Allah).

Continue to pray five times a day, seeking closeness to Allah. Seek to be consciousness of Him wherever you are. Increase your reliance on Him to help you with this addiction to pornography and with all other matters in your life.

Step Ten: Preach and practice.

Don’t just "move on" after Allah has blessed you to get out of this addiction. Help others you know with this problem through regular contact and sincere advice, respecting the etiquette of enjoining the good and forbidding the evil. By the grace of Allah, helping others will help you maintain control over your addiction, and you will help another Muslim or another human being to get out of this destruction and misery.

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Artikel : Tips To Be a Successful Business Man from Daim


I was appointed two years ago as lecturer but I regret that until today I have not delivered a single lecture. Just as in the case of students who don't attend a single lecture, this University has asked me to repeat my term for another two years.

I have not chosen any special topic for my lecture but as this was an invitation from the business school, I thought it appropriate that we talk about running and managing a business. As I am no expert, I can only base it on my own personal experience.

I retired in 1977 after making my money. I thought I deserved a rest so I took time off, went back to university to study, to recharge my batteries, but before long, the then Deputy PM asked me to come back to help at UDA. I came back and started Peremba. I also went back to business but this time,I found a new area to make money - the stock market
- but don't let anyone tell you that that is the easiest path to making money. It was as worrisome as when I was in Maluri. In 1984, I joined the government and in compliance with government directives, I had to sell all my shares including shares in a bank. As 1984-1985 were the years of recession, I had to sell at very low prices. I could have realized more from my assets if our economy was not in recession.

I left in 1991, after seven years as Finance Minister. I went back into business, back to the same playing field that I was very familiar with. Whilst I am now actively back in business, I also give free advice to those who sought my advice.

While I have been successful, Alhamdulillah, I cannot guarantee you will succeed based on my advice. But those who have worked with me in Peremba - Tan Sri Azmi, Razali, Dato Halim, Hassan, Dato Samsudin Hassan have all become millionaires in their own right. No company has produced so many successful people that Peremba was dubbed "the University of Peremba". I don't know if they followed my guidelines but I know they all worked very hard when they were with me. There are other Bumis and Non-Bumis who sought advice and help from me and are now very successful. I shall not mention their names as I do not want to take credit for their success. I am happy for them.

Some of you I am sure would like to know if you follow faithfully what I have to say, would that be a guarantee for success? In life, the only guarantee is death. Let's face it. If all of you go out from here and straight away go into business, not all will succeed. My advice is merely a guideline and unless you try, you will never know the ultimate result.

For tonight's lecture, I suggest I spend half the time talking and the balance for a question and answer session. This way, we will be able to exchange views. While I will talk to you about business in general, I will focus specifically on Malay Business.

Notwithstanding common misconceptions, Malays have been involved in business for centuries. Malays were traders trading with Sumatra, Java, China and India. However, the British policy of economic segregation coupled with their immigration labour policy led to
the concentration of Malays in the agricultural sector. With Merdeka and the economic boom
activities of the 50s and 60s, the Malays were not content to remain in the kampongs while the wealth of the country was in the hands of foreigners and non-Malays. Their discontentment erupted in 1969. Then came the NEP. The NEP was not formulated to provide for handouts and charity to the Malays. It was a vehicle to level the playing field for the Malays, to enable them to catch up with their more advanced fellow citizens. Even in golf, if you are a beginner playing with a more experienced person, you are given a handicap.

The NEP has produced many Malays who are successful in business and in other economic and non-economic endeavours. Now we have many Malays who are millionaires and billionaires. How did they become successful in business? Yes, there was the NEP that gave Malays the chance but not all Malays who went into business are successful - there are just as
many bankrupt Malays.

The question you should ask before you embark on any business venture is whether you really want to succeed. If the answer is positive, ask yourself - how strong is your desire to succeed? Do you have the strength, stamina and discipline to succeed? Are
you prepared to give your all, your time and money and are you prepared to work and study to achieve your ambition? If again the answers are positive, you have the makings of a successful person. These qualities segregate the successful ones from those who fail.

There is no magic formula to starting and maintaining a successful business. You start with the technicalities and practicalities of starting a business. Whether to have a sole proprietorship, a partnership or a company, each has its own pros and cons, its own risks and benefits. Then you have to think about office space, location, staff, support
equipment, factory space and land, as the case may be. All these cost money and it is not, I repeat, not necessary to ensure success that you must have a big office, many staff and a Mercedes Benz. These are burdens that you don't need when you are starting. The time for fancy cars and a fancy office will come later, if you insist that you must have
them, but remember to make your money first before spending it. I shall tell you a secret - you also do not need to play golf to be successful. (If you do not believe me, you can ask the Prime Minister.)

What kind of business should you get into? What would determine your choice? You look, you read, you listen, but in the end you have to make your own decision. You have to decide. You may like some businesses but they make little money. In some, there is big money but you may not like it. But remember, you go into business to make money. No one wants to go into business to end up a bankrupt. However, there is no point in going into a business
that you have absolutely no interest in. You can't run a sports shop if you can't tell a badminton racquet from a squash racquet, nor be a contractor if you can't stand being out in the sun. You must like what you are doing, it must interest you when you start and hold your interest as you go along. Work should be satisfying, something you look forward to, otherwise you will give up at the slightest hint of a problem. If, however much you like the business, but it is not profitable, then you have to stop being a dreamer and be practical. If you can marry what you like with what that can make money, then I would say that you are indeed a very lucky person.

To determine whether you are going to be successful in what you are planning to do, you would not go far wrong if you ask yourself what it is that people want or need. If you can meet either their needs or wants, then you are halfway there.

People need the basics of food, clothing and shelter. People's wants are limitless. If you are in the business of satisfying needs, there will always be a market for your products - a humble rojak man will still be in business alongside multinationals like McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Whether the rojak man will be just as successful will depend on his product, the rojak. If it offers the right combination of price and quality and a consistency of these two factors, he will in his own way be successful.

The food business is indefinite - from "mee abu" or the burger stall to conglomerates. You can be a stall owner selling satay or you can set up a chain; you can be a farmer planting padi or you can practise integrated farming where fish and prawn breeding can fetch handsome profits; you can sell beef or lamb at the local market or you can supply and distribute internationally - think of the Haj when millions of cows and sheep are slaughtered. You can sell fruits by the roadside or you can run fruit plantations. It is the same with other needs and wants of your customer. You are only limited by your
imagination and your ability to work hard. If your finished product costs less than your competitor's and has zero defect the market is yours. Once the market is yours you are on the right road.

In my case, I went into the business that answered people's basic needs and wants. First, I went into the salt business - I thought, what can go wrong? Everybody needs salt. What would our food be like without salt? So my partners and I went to Japan, Thailand and Taiwan to study the process. We studied weather reports to see where we should site our salt fields and factory. We knew everything there was to know about salt and then we opened our salt fields. Then came the rain and washed away our salt, our hard work and our money. We persevered and tried again but this was followed by the big flood of 1970! We nearly became bankrupts. I had to make that tough decision - cut losses or continue. I knew my strengths and my limitations and whilst I knew I could control some things in business, the weather was not one of them. So I closed down the business. But I never said die and I never gave up - so I went into another basic need - housing.

We identified the land, drew up the plans, then went on the merry-go-round to get approvals. That was not easy at all. We had to deal with so many government departments and financial institutions. It was a very frustrating process. By then, I knew business
was not easy. Business is very complex where sometimes one is confronted with problems to which there are no easy answers. But we must not be dismayed if we take a long time to find answers to the questions. We persevered and months later got all the necessary approvals and permits.

Then we were ready to start business. But I was inexperienced and the contractors, architects and engineers knew that this was my first project. I, however, made it clear to them that I may be new at this but I was not stupid. I was at the site every day; I watched everything; I read up; I asked questions and at the end of the day, I lay in bed
going over the day's problems and how to solve them. I built Taman Maluri on ex-mining land. When we were laying the pipes for the sewerage, the engineers suggested that we go 40 ft. down. I knew that if we were to go down 40 ft., we would have water gushing out. I thought about it and suggested that we used pumps instead and it worked. Were they
testing me? I don't know but I knew that my solution earned their respect.

I was at the site day and night to solve any problems that could arise. I never put off to
tomorrow what I could do today. Every day of delay costs money. Interest accumulates even when you are sleeping. I was also everything from manager to office boy. I had only three or four staff when I started. One secretary, one messenger boy and one sales staff. I ran a very lean and tight office. The engineers, surveyors, site supervisors, contractors
were not my employees but all were engaged as consultants for the project. As such, I need not worry about EPF, SOCSO, medical and insurance benefits. I took no salary but only an allowance to cover my family's needs. I had to keep costs down because until you sell, there is no income.

I was worried that we could not sell the houses. So I made sure that the houses would not only meet the standard of buyers but gave more than they expected, better quality and better design. We made our roads wider. We provided a letter box, a place for rubbish; at that time this was something different, something special. Now these are standard features. Where the minimum ceiling requirement was 10 feet, we made it higher. These things do not cost much more, but it made our houses different and better.

We also made our houses affordable. Our single-storey link was sold at RM17,500; double-storey link at RM48,000. Alhamdulillah, the houses sold like hot cakes and we have never looked back. Success tastes even sweeter in the aftermath of failure.

I may have made all this sound simple. All my years of hard work condensed into a few paragraphs. But it was sweat and tears and there were times when I despaired of ever making it - we faced it all - from sleepless nights, long hours in the office, begging
banks, in particular bank officers, running so often to government departments and sometimes having to deal with petty-minded officers with big egos and big stomachs. We were given the run-arounds enough to test the patience of a saint. I swallowed my pride and learned to be patient. At the beginning, nothing is easy. Things only look simple after you have succeeded and your bank account is no longer in the red.

There is no guarantee, of course, that if you venture into the housing industry, you will succeed. What if the market crashes and buyers withdraw to cut losses? What if consumer tastes change? What if, for example, you have these rows of houses, built and ready but no one buys? If you can sell, you prosper; otherwise you suffer. These are the challenges that you will face, and you will face challenges in whatever business you choose.

Whether you will be able to weather the challenges really depends on you. You have to face the problems and try to sort them out. Problems have to be solved; they will not go away however much you hope and pray that when you wake up and like magic, they have disappeared. Whether you will be able to solve the problems or not depend on you and your
preparation before you even embark on the project. Even if some things are beyond our control, if you have done a thorough study and know your market, the chances are you will have anticipated the problems and be able to solve them. You would have alternative plans and answers. Whilst you see abandoned projects, abandoned factories and businesses, you can also see that some sell even in the worst of time. Why? Because they know how to
read the market - their product sells, whatever the market or economic condition.

Your organization is also important if you want to succeed in your business. Have a proper organization and draw out a management chart. Authority flows from the top. It is people that makes your business a success. Choose the right type. Get those who are hard working, disciplined, dedicated and honest. You can make the stupid learn. But the lazy, you will find them a great burden. Reward your staff for good per-formances. Take good care of your staff and they will take good care of your business. But the lazy ones must be sacked. Don't allow them to destroy the good ones. Be firm but fair. Be compassionate to those who are willing learners, but show no leniency to the lazy. Bad influence is like
cancer and unless attended to, it will spread easily. Good behaviour is not that easy to acquire. So train your staff to be efficient and cost conscious. Remember in business, there is always competition and competition is good. It keeps you alert and on your toes all the time. Only your costs can decide if you will do well or otherwise. Cost and quality will determine your market share. Control these two and your market is safe. So show them leadership. You must be the first to come and the last to go. After all, it is your organization. You have to lead, be a good leader so that your employees can trust and count on you. If you are playful and undisciplined, the rest of the staff will take their cue from you. If you work hard, they will work as hard. Therefore, instil good qualities,
i.e. honesty, hardwork, thrift, discipline and deter-mination; make sure time is never wasted. Every-thing must be done on time. Remember, time is money.

Other than tight control on staff, you must have a tight control on finance. Discourage waste. Make sure every single cent is accounted for. Remember 100 cents make a dollar. It is from cents that you will make your millions one day. It is your money not your staff's, so you have to be diligent and ensure proper control. Saving money means making money.

You may have the best management team, you may have the finance, you may have the contacts but whether you succeed or fail will still depend on you. You must have in you the qualities that will determine success. What are these qualities? I believe they are:

First, hardwork, hardwork and more hardwork. Rewards come to those who are willing to work hard. Business is hard work and sacrifices. Don't waste time looking at the clock. There is no such thing as 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sometimes, it is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may have to give up your leisure and holidays, be on call 24 hours a day, available at any time to make decisions, give directions and solve problems. You have to be dedicated and have perseverance. It is a sacrifice and if you are not prepared to make the initial sacrifice, you cannot enjoy the benefits later. I have yet to come across a success story with the main character not putting in any effort. There is no substitute for hard work.
Work hard to make your dreams come true. If you believe strongly in what you are doing and want to make it a success, the fight to succeed is worth all your time and sacrifice. Never stop until you succeed.

Second, you must have a passion, a fire in you to do well. It must keep burning in you until you succeed. The determination to succeed will help to ensure success. Without strong determination, you will be unsure of success. Your strong desire for success will motivate you to work hard. The determination to succeed is the prime reason many achieve their goals. Success breeds success, and with success comes confidence. If you want something badly enough, it will happen because you will make it happen but it will only happen if you work hard at it. If you want to do something, try it. Don't be afraid. You must believe you can do anything you want to do. If you work very hard to achieve it,
once you set a goal, persevere to accomplish it. You should not accept defeat and refuse to quit even when faced with failure. You may stumble, but if you have the determination, you will get up and move on. You will be conscious of future pitfalls but when you are down, there is no where else to go except up. Trust your instincts and commonsense. You should know yourself. Have confidence in your decisions, your ability and your judgement; if you believe in yourself, others will too, but if you make a mistake, do not be afraid to admit it and to learn from it. In short, never give up. Never stop learning.

Third, you must have pride in your work but do not be too proud to ask and to learn. Pride in your business is important - this will urge you to succeed and do well. You must want to be the best in your chosen field. If you have a sense of shame, you will make sure that you will not fail. If you do not want to fail, you will plan well and work hard to
ensure that you will not fail. But do not be too proud to learn from others, to ask for opinions, to seek advice, consult people. Don't be shy. Be prepared to learn. Be humble, be friendly - you may never know whose help you may need. Be particularly friendly to your bankers. Banks have the habit of asking back for their umbrellas when it rains. If the officers are sympathetic to your problems, you will get another chance.

Fourth, a good education is fundamental. You need education appropriate to your goals. Read everything. Education does not end when you graduate. If you read, you will learn new things and may even find the answers to your problems. Read about your business, about management, about finance, about new innovations in the market. Read the law on companies, duties of directors. Some Malay businessmen want to be directors and at the very least, Managing Directors, if not Chairman. They are under the wrong impression that Directors
have no responsibilities other than attending meetings and entertaining people. Read the Companies Act and you will know what it entails being a Director. The first word of God was "Iqra" - Read. Read also for pleasure, widen your horizon, do not be a person who is encyclopedic about his business and knows nothing about the world around him. Nurture an intellectual curiosity about everything around you.

Fifth, you must want to be in business and you must love the profession to give your all to it. Some Muslims believe this world is for the non-Muslims, that Muslims should only pray and think of the hereafter. So why go into business and make money? You can't take the money with you when you die. For the Malays and Muslims, we have to change that
belief. It is a wrong interpretation of the Islamic faith. I have yet to come across any religion that discourages its followers from doing business. As long as it is not haram and your business practices are not immoral, I cannot see any reason why Muslims cannot pursue a career in business. As long as in the pursuit of success, you do not forget your
religious obligations, I think it is possible to be both a businessman and a good Muslim. Going into business is to make profits, but your ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of those around you and to contribute to the nation. It is the people that make the country. If they work hard and succeed, then their success is the country's success. If the people do well, the country will do well, and your contribution to the country's success however small, is an act of charity.

Sixth, you must, like the Boy Scouts, be prepared. You must go in with your eyes open, realistic of the risks and benefits, of the pitfalls that await you. In business, you take risks but you must not be reckless. You must be prepared to face challenges, not be afraid to face problems because you have already anticipated the problems and are prepared to
meet them. With time and practice, you will be able to handle problems with ease; you will acquire the ability to respond to problems, to train yourself to think quick and fast. Like all fields, in the field of business, you need brains to succeed. It is not
the strongest or the fastest man or woman for that matter who wins. It is the person who thinks that wins; therefore be a strategist.

Seventh, Discipline. You must exercise both mental and financial discipline. Discipline also means that you should do today what is needed to be done today no matter how tired you are or how tempting it is to put it off. Discipline also means that you keep to
appointments, to promises, to time, to schedules _that you deliver what you say you would, when you say you would; that you honour your word; that you keep to your budget and control your cost; that you are honest notwithstanding the temptations that await you; being disciplined in your thinking and plans mean that you do not get carried away by
grandiose plans, straying into ventures that have no relevance to your core businesses; that you are well organized and orderly in whatever you do. It is very important to develop early your priorities, values and sense of proportion and spend your energy and
resources to achieve your desired result. When you are disciplined - mentally, physically and financially - you will have the ability then to handle whatever comes your way. In other words, have focused concentration.

Eighth, be brave, be innovative, be creative and imaginative, be unafraid to take calculated risks and challenges; think the unthinkable, dream the impossible. Sometimes, when you let your mind wander, unfettered by conventional thinking parameters, you might just find the right solution to your problems. But do not be foolhardy - your bravery must be tempered by practicalities, not recklessness that would jeopardize your business and
your future. Business is an adventure. It is not for the timid and the indecisive, those so afraid of failure that they dare not take the first step. Be brave and take a risk - a ship in harbour is safe but it is not what a ship is for. Business is an adventure that is both exciting and exhilarating and yet full of unseen dangers lurking at corners, but
at the end of the day, it is an adventure worth undertaking and most fulfilling if accomplished well.

Whilst you must be realistic about your expectations, you must also think big. Not big cars, big houses but to think about your business. You have to start small but you must plan ahead not just for tomorrow or the next few years. You must think about how big your business is going to be 10 years, 20 years down the road. And to plan that far ahead,
you must have a picture in your mind, a dream in your head about the future of your business. As Robert Browning said, "Alas, but a man's dream must exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for?" Keep dreaming and turn your dreams into reality. That is the hallmark of success. Aim to be the best and if you achieve it, you will be noticed and will be remembered. Set your ultimate goal but you must also plan your intermediate goals. In order to reach the top, you move up step by step.

Ninth, be decisive. If you fear to go into business or are doubtful of success, you will, of course, get nowhere. Indecision is a curse. The test of an entrepreneur is the ease with which a decision is made. It does not matter if it is a wrong decision. A wrong decision is better than no decision. We have the brains to reason, to think. If you don't act you will never know the result.

Last but not at all the least, you must be interested in making money. Many think money is the root of all evils. It is greed and the love of money that is the root of all evils, when money is an end itself and not a means. It also depends on what you use your money for. It could be used for good or for evil. If you use your money to build mosques, give
to the poor and needy, it cannot be evil. Don't blame money. Blame those who use money for evil purposes. To succeed, you must show interest in money and in wanting to make money. There must be that hunger to make money. There must be that strong urge. After making money, to make more money. There is nothing immoral in this urge. If you don't have it, I think you should not go into business. Business is all about making money. You must enjoy
making money. If you don't enjoy it, do something else. Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that you should only do something just for money. That alone cannot sustain you. But you are in the business to make money and that you must enjoy.

I would like, however, to distinguish between wanting to make money and greed. Do not be greedy. Greed destroys your self-respect. Do not worship money - that you would lose your morals and religion for the sake of money. If earned through halal means, God will help you to succeed in whatever you do.

There is a joke about Imelda Marcos - that she was in the 'mining' business. Every time she saw a business, she said, "It is mine, mine, mine," and look what happened to her.

When you have made money, be generous to those who have not, but only to deserving cases. Be thankful to God. Bersyukor. Just because you have made lots of money, do not then think that you are superior to or better than the next person. The small courtesies
in life are still important - return phone calls, answer letters, show up on time, be polite, diplomatic, considerate. Money in the bank is not a licence to be rude or arrogant. Neither does it mean that you have to flaunt your wealth. Conspicuous consumption only shows a weakness in character. If you have earned your money you will not need to bolster your image by surrounding yourself with excesses. Learn to value your money but do not on the other hand, be someone who knows the price of everything and the value of none. Respect others and they will respect you. Your reputation is important.
Establish a clean reputation. Make sure you are respected. Maintain a high standard of integrity. At the end of the day, success isn't money, and it isn't power. The measure of your success isn't measured by the wealth you accumulated, the awards you received, the records you broke, the battles you won but the name you leave behind. There is no price
to be placed on your name.

There is no point in being successful in business but a failure in life. Your family and your friends are important. A man with no friends and a dysfunctional family is not a happy man. It's not the money in your bank but people who make you happy. Do not confuse money with superiority. In the eyes of God, remember rich or poor, all are equal.

The above list are just some of the things that I think are important but ultimately all will depend on you. Do you have the stuff to make it? Are you soft? Are you weak? Or are you the one with determination, courage and enough strength to see the company through difficult times? Each company will have its own problems. Seldom will you find the answers in textbooks. Yet, it is important to still read and learn how others solve their
problems. All problems are unique to the particular organization, so you will have to use your head, use it wisely, sit down and analyse what has gone wrong. Then find out how best to solve your problem. Do not expect others to do your work for you.

Always remember to aim for excellence. Never settle for second best and second rate. Also remember that the road to success is never smooth. You may stumble along the way. Get up to move on. You will grow stronger and steadier. Never accept defeat or failure. Learn from your mistakes but do not repeat them. It would be a great misfortune if having tried
and failed you gave up. The strong hearted with the determination and courage and preparedness to learn from past mistakes will in the end triumph.

Some of you may wonder why quite a number fail in spite of putting in so much effort. Is it because they are not lucky? My answer is that luck does play a part. It is sometimes an important element but don't depend on it. In the end, it is 99% preparation and perspiration, and the rest is luck.

I do not presume that I have all the answers but what I have told you are some of the guidelines and qualities that you may need to succeed in business. There are so many different and some contradictory and some strange roads to riches. There are so many
paths leading to success. The best way to learn how to be a winner is to learn from winners and losers, especially the losers. Most losers lose because they take excessive risks and lack discipline. In the final analysis, it is up to you to decide what is
best. In the end, it is what is in you that determines your success. However, let me remind you that what I have been talking to you today is about how to run a business and be successful in business, NOT that to be successful you must be in business. In whatever endeavour you undertake, if you do your best, if you have pride in your work, if you work to achieve a standard of excellence in your field and if you retain the highest level of personal integrity, then you are a success. To most people riches reflect success. This need not be so. Success could be in other fields not confined to business only. So go explore the Amazon, sing at the Opera, climb the Himalayas, find the cure for cancer, conduct an orchestra, discover a lost tribe in Kalimantan. Do what you want to do - as long as it is the best.

posted by PuTERAKL @ 11:28 AM   |

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Boring² : Lelaki vs Wanita

Kajian Menarik terbaru..

1. Pandu ke bank, parking dan berjalan ke mesin ATM
2. Masukkan card
3. Tekan number PIN dan jumlah yang dikehendaki
4. Ambil duit, card dan receipt

1. Pandu ke bank
2. Matikan enjin kereta
3. Perhatikan makeup di muka melalui cermin pemandu
4. Semburkan minyak wangi
5. Sikat rambut dan berjalan ke mesin ATM
6. Mencari Kad ATM di dalam beg tangan
7. Masukkan kad ATM
8. Mencari nombor PIN ATm dekat celah penyepit rambut dalam beg tangan
9. Tekan nombor PIN
10. Membaca arahan ATM selama hampir 2 minit
11. Tekan "Batal"
12. Tekan sekali lagi nombor PIN
13. Tekan "Batal" sekali lagi
14. Telefon suami atau pakwe untuk bertanya nombor PIN yang betul
15. Tekan nombor PIN yang betul dan periksa baki duit yang tinggal
16. Masukkan jumlah yang dikehendaki
17. Tekan "Salah"
18. Masukkan jumlah yang agak besar
19. Tekan "Salah" sekali lagi
20. Masukkan jumlah yang lagi besar
21. Keluarkan dan amik duit dari mesin ATM
22. Masuk ke dalam kereta
23. Periksa makeup di muka sekali lagi
24. Mencari kunci kereta dalam beg tangan
25. Hidupkan enjin kereta
26. Jalankan kereta.
27. Berhenti tiba-tiba
28. Pergi balik ke mesin ATM
29. Ambil Kad yang tertinggal dan resit.
30. Masuk kembali ke kereta
31. Letakkan kad ATM di atas Dashboard
32. Buang resit atas jalan
33. Tengok dekat cermin pemandu
34. Perika makeup sekali lagi
35. Membetul-betulkan rambut
36. Masukkan gear kereta untuk reverse (undur)
37. Brake mengejut lagi
38. Masukkan gear kereta ke depan sebab tersilap tadi
39. Memandu lebih kurang 3 km
40. Baru teringat nak lepaskan hand brake..


posted by PuTERAKL @ 2:10 PM   |

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Boring² : End User's Guide to Technical Services

1. When a tech says he's coming right over, log out and go for coffee. It's no problem for us to remember 2700 network passwords.

2. When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies and Popsicle art. We don't have a life, and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting
glimpse of yours.

3. When tech support sends you an e-mail with high importance, delete it at once. We're probably just testing out the public groups.

4. When a tech is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts out and expect him to respond immediately. We exist only to serve and are always ready to think about fixing computers.

5. When a tech is at the water cooler or outside having a smoke, ask him a computer question. The only reason why we drink water or smoke at all is to ferret out all those users who don't have eMail or a telephone line.

6. Send urgent eMail ALL IN UPPERCASE. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

7. When you call a tech's direct line, press 5 to skip the bilingual greeting that says he's out of town for a week, record your message, and wait exactly 24 hours before you send an eMail straight to the director because no one ever returned your call. You're entitled to common courtesy.

8. When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's electronics in it, right?

9. When you're getting a NO DIAL TONE message at home, call computer support. We can even fix telephone problems from here.

10. When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on a tech's chair with no name, no phone number, and no description of the problem. We love a good mystery.

11. When you have a tech on the phone (or online) walking you through changing a setting; read the paper. We don't actually mean for you to DO anything; we just love to hear ourselves talk.

12. When we offer training on the upcoming OS upgrade, don't bother. We'll be there to hold your hand after it is done.

13. When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently just disappear into the cosmos for no reason.

14. When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the office. One of them is bound to work.

15. Don't use your own in-house help. In-house help is for wimps.

16. If you're taking night classes in computer science, feel free to go around and update the network drivers for you and all your co-workers. We're grateful for the overtime when we have to stay until 2:30am fixing them.

17. When you have a tech fixing your computer at a quarter past one, eat your lunch in his face. We function better when slightly dizzy.

18. Don't ever thank us. We love this AND we get paid for it!

19. When a tech asks you whether you've installed any new software on this computer, lie. It's nobody's business what you've got on your computer.

20. If the mouse cable keeps knocking down the framed picture of your dog, lift the computer and stuff the cable under it. Mouse cables were designed to have 45 lbs of computer sitting on top of them.

21. If the space bar on your keyboard doesn't work, blame it on the mail upgrade. Keyboards work much better with half a pound of muffin crumbs, nail clippings, and big sticky drops of Coke under the keys.

22. When you get the message saying "Are you sure?", click on that Yes button as fast as you can. Hell, if you weren't sure, you wouldn't be doing it, would you?

23. Feel perfectly free to say things like "I don't know nothing about that computer crap". It never bothers us to hear our area of professional expertise referred to as crap.

24. When you need to change the toner cartridge, call tech support. Changing a toner cartridge is an extremely complex task, and Hewlett-Packard recommends that it be performed only by a professional engineer with a Master's degree in nuclear physics.

25. When something's the matter with your computer, ask your secretary to call the help desk. We enjoy the challenge of having to deal with a third party who doesn't know jack about the problem.

26. When you receive a 30-meg movie file, send it to everyone as a high-priority mail attachment. We've got plenty of disk space and processor capacity on that mail server.

27. Don't even think of breaking large print jobs down into smaller chunks. God forbid somebody else might get a chance to squeeze into the queue.

28. When you bump into a tech in the grocery store on a Saturday, ask a computer question. We work 24/7, even while at the grocery store on weekends.

29. If your son is a student in computer science, have him come in on the weekends and do his projects on your office computer. We'll be there for you when his illegal copy of Visual Basic 6.0 makes your Access database flip out.

30. When you bring us your own no-brand home PC to repair for free at the office, tell us how urgently we need to fix it so your son can get back to playing DOOM. We'll get right on it because we have so much free time at the office. Everybody knows all we do is surf the Internet all day anyway.

posted by PuTERAKL @ 10:51 AM   |

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