Elections are near....

I noticed scaffolding by the Umno building next to PWTC. Every time I passed it was day time and I always wondered what the scaffolding was for... Tonight after Jalan Raja Chulan was totally jammed in the direction of Pavilion, I decided to go the other way and take Jalan Kuching which leads to Jalan Tun Razak infront of PWTC. Low and behold! One whole side of the high rise headquarters of Umno is a giant screen playing the "good deeds" (Read: propaganda) of the Umno leaders. Not yet talking about the amount of money needed to fund this propaganda act but it shows a régime desperate to shout out their "good deeds". One thought comes to my mind: Elections are near. Probably nearer than you think.... 


Interview with Sayful Islam Ghaddafi

This is an interesting view point of the current situation in Libya. Those following Al-Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin would've seen this but I'll just help spread the news. It's an exclusive interview of Seyfulislam Ghaddafi by CNN Turkey's Cunyet Ozdemir. Interesting take on things but still sounds like propaganda to me.  

Saif Al Kaddafi: We Will live here we will die here! There is no other scenario!


Cuneyt Ozdemir interviewed Libya's most sought after man, Sayfulislam Kaddafi answers all questiond on Libya's future!

 The world has its eyes on the small Norhern Africa country of Libya and it's controversial leader Kaddafi who says that the protests are the job of a handful of drugged young protesters. Cnn anchorman Cuneyt Ozdemir flew to Libya on Thursday 24 and interviewed the son of Kaddafi.  Sayfulislam Kaddafi answered Cuneyt Ozdemir's questions and said that they will never leave their country until they die.

Seif Al-Islam Gadhafi - Cüneyt Özdemir from dipnottv on Vimeo.

Egypt Burning

This post is for those with no access to Al-Jazeera. It is a 3 part series on the events that led up to the Egyptian revolution. Very interesting. I love the excellently shot photos of the protesters in Tahrir square. It might take a while to load but its well worth it =). Enjoy...

Through interviews with correspondents on the ground, Al Jazeera tells the story of 18 days when history was made.
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2011 10:12 GMT

Egypt Burning
tells the story of the Egyptian revolution that forced Hosni Mubarak, the president who had ruled the country for 30 years, from power.

Through interviews with Al Jazeera correspondents on the ground - whose coverage of the popular uprising made them the target of a state campaign to get Al Jazeera off the air - the three-part series revisits those critical moments as history unfolded.

Part One - Breaking the barrier of fear
The first episode of Egypt Burning tells the story of five days in January 2011 when the people of Egypt broke through a barrier of fear they had known for a generation and rose in revolt against their president.

Anger had long been brewing in Egypt - strikes, unemployment and sectarian tension were on the rise.

Small networks of activists had been agitating against Hosni Mubarak's autocratic rule for years. But it was only when another Arab country, Tunisia, rose up against its tyrant that the Egyptian activists attracted mass support.

People took to the streets across Egypt demanding political freedoms, an end to state corruption and a better quality of life for the impoverished population.


Part Two - Standoff on the Nile
After seven days of mass protests, a people's movement had taken hold of the country.

At Tahrir Square in the centre of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the police had melted away. The army had moved in, but was doing nothing to stop the protests.

Full of hope and sensing that the regime might be cracking, the protesters called for a million people to gather and voice their demand that Hosni Mubarak step down. But the regime was about to fight back.




Part Three - The fall of Mubarak
As the protests moved into their third week, what began as a demonstration had turned into a revolution. But with a seemingly immovable head of state and resolute protesters standing firm in their call for the president to resign, Egypt had reached a deadlock.

Tahrir Square had become a tent city; a permanent vigil for the anti-government protesters. But cracks between the demonstrators were starting to show.



Source:
Al Jazeera

Breathe right

The classes at Mentari have been rather dull lately. The children's parents have been requesting more exam based classes. So I thought to make classes more fun, I thought what we need is more teaching aids and fun experiments. So last weekend I got one of the Form 2 students, one of the original pioneers to flip through the science text book and see if there are any experiments he'd like to do. One of the experiments he pointed out was the model of how the lungs work. I saw this as a very doable experiment. So what I did when I got back was search for any guides on making a lungs model. I found one guide on eHow but I couldn't get all the bits that the author used. So I improvised.

First of all, let us see the human respiratory system and see how it works. You have the mouth and nose cavity that converges at the trachea and that feeds the air to the two lungs via the bronchus. Under the chest cavity we have the diaphragm which plays a very important role in the respiratory system. 


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The concept is simple. The chest cavity is at a certain pressure. As the lungs have no muscles to move them - they are basically blood filled balloons. To inhale, the diaphragm will move expand increasing the volume of the chest cavity. This creates a negative pressure in the chest cavity causing air to rush in filling the lungs. When we exhale, the diaphragm contracts creating a smaller volume in the chest cavity increasing the pressure in the chest cavity thus forcing the air out of the lungs. Simple right? So the key to breathing is the diaphragm.  

Right, now that the principles are clear, lets start on with our model. So in sci-art attack fashion, heres what you need to make a working model of the human lungs:


1) A Y-joint
2) 2 balloons
3) A flexible tube that fits into the Y-Joiny
4) A large (as large as you can get) plastic container.
5) Duct tape
6) Permanent marker pen and a art knife

Once you got all the stuff here's how you start making your own set of lungs!

1) At the bottom of the plastic container, trace around the perimeter of the piece of tube. This will be the hole for the Y joint. The position should be roughly at the middle of the bottom.


2) Cut out a hole slightly SMALLER than the circle you traced out just now. If you made any mistakes you can always enlarge the hole later.
 

I noticed that the plastic, being the brittle type cracks when I tried to cut it. The model needs to be air tight and cracks are not air tight. A simple fix is to stick some duct tape on both sides of the containers.


3) Slide in the Y joint through the hole like so, and attache the tube to the part of the Y-joint that pokes out of the container:


4) Put on the balloons. These are the lungs....


5) Put on the lid and stick on a piece of duct tape to make it into a handle and there you have it! the lung model is complete!



So this is how it works. Push the lid up to deflate the baloons: this is akin to breathing out.


To "Breathe in" pull the lid down and watch as the balloons which represent the lungs inflate
 

So there you have it. A simple, quick, working model of the lungs.

Something could probably to improve the diaphragm but for now I think it's good enough as one can already demonstrate how the lungs inflate and deflate by moving the diaphragm. Try it at home and you can use it to explain the respiratory system to your child/siblings/relatives/friends... ;) happy trying!

Total Knee Replacement

"Sup tulang" will never be the same again...

Those are the bone cuttings from my mother's knee replacement procedure yesterday. As you may or may not have known, my mum had a total knee replacement procedure done on her left knee. She has had knee pain for many years but the past few years have been very bad. She could no longer bend her knee fully as her knee joint bones were already in physical contact, reducing the degree of movement. My mum had a fatal combination of low bone density (calcium deficiency), a curved tibia (a genetic trait I also inherit) and slight overweightness. These factors have caused excessive pressure on the outer (right hand side of the diagram below) causing that part of the knee joint to wear away. Normally the cartilage would act as the "lubricant" in the knee joint, separating the two knee bones but constant rubbing has worn this layer away. Just like teeth, once cartilage is gone, you won't get it back, so my mother was left with no other option than a total knee replacement. She has put this off for too long anyway.

I must admitt, coming into the operation, I did not know what the procedure was going to be like and what the implants would look like. I had always pictured a hip replacement which looks very different. So, below is how the knee replacement looks like:

Knee Illustration - Total Knee Replacement


Below are the steps the surgeon does to the knee during the procedure. On the left is he damaged joint. The surgeon first cuts away the worn out bone surface and shapes the surface to match the inside of the implants. It is only then the implants are screwed in like so.


Once the procedure is complete and the implants are in, this is how it should look like inside:

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The doctor has already asked my mum to start her physio therapy today, beginning with making movement with a machine. He says that a full recovery will be expected in a month or so. Then it will be back in the operation theatre for the other knee joint! We are quite lucky that my sister works at Prince Court Medical Centre and her employee benefits include healthcare (capped at RM50k per year, we have to pay 10% of the operation cost though) for one parent as long as she is unmarried. Same benefits as me but my policy does not cover parents if I'm unmarried. =(

Lessons from this:

1) Health is something worth investing in as all the money in the world is useless if you are unhealthy.
2) Healthcare is a worthwhile employment benefit that should be valued by the younger generation seeking to start a career. Most young people overlook this important benefit and look at gross pay only. It's only when something bad happens that they realise the cost of medical care these days isn't cheap.
3) It's worthwhile purchasing healthcare takaful at a young age (to keep premiums/contributions low). If you plan to take it at a later, advanced age you have the risk of the insurance/takaful company either not covering the sickness you already have or them not willing to cover you at all. The premium/contribution will be significantly higher too!

Anyways, for more info on a total knee replacement please read the article below written my a UKM specialist.  


Total Knee Replacement

Why Does My Knee Hurt?
Your knee joint is made up of three bones. Your thigh bone (femur) sits on top of your shin bone (tibia). When you bend or straighten your knee, the rounded end of your thigh bone rolls and glides across the relatively flat upper surface of your shin bone. The third bone is often called the kneecap (patella), which is attached to the muscles that allow you to straighten your knee. Your kneecap provides leverage that reduces strain on these muscles.
In a normal, healthy knee, the bone surfaces that come together at the joint are smooth and hard. A cushioning layer of tissue, called cartilage, prevents direct contact among these bones. This tough layer of tissue allows the three bones to move without creating friction or wear on the bone surfaces.

However, when this cartilage is damaged or worn away, your bones rub together causing friction, pain and, eventually, deterioration of the bone surfaces. The most common causes of damage to your cartilage are the various types of arthritis. There is no medication or treatment that will make damaged cartilage grow back.

What Is Total Knee Replacement?
In total knee replacement surgery, the parts of the bones that rub together are resurfaced with metal and plastic implants. Using special, precision instruments, your surgeon will typically remove the damaged surfaces of all three bones. The replacement surfaces will then be fixed into place.
The surface of the upper bone is replaced with a rounded metal component that comes very close to matching the curve of your natural bone. The surface of the lower bone is replaced with a flat metal component with a slab of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene plastic to serve as the cartilage. The undersurface of the kneecap may also be replaced with a round disc made of the same polyethylene plastic.


How Will I Know If I Should Have Knee Replacement?
Your orthopaedic surgeon will perform a very thorough examination of your knee. This will include a test of your range of motion-how far you can bend and extend your knee. Your surgeon will also look deformities in your legs which may show up as conditions commonly called bowlegged or knock-kneed. You will be asked to walk, sit and perhaps go up and down a few steps.
Your surgeon will also ask you many questions to determine your medical history. You will be asked about injuries, infections and other disorders you have experienced in your life. Your surgeon will want to know what medications are you taking. And, of course, you will be asked to describe the pain in your knee.
Finally, your surgeon will take x-rays which will be used to further assess the condition of your knee joint. If you decide on total knee replacement surgery, these x-rays will also be used to help your surgeon select the best type and size of artificial knee.
Based on this examination, your surgeon will determine whether you are a candidate for total knee replacement. Although widely practiced, total knee replacement is a major surgical procedure and should only be considered when all other treatment methods have failed. There are more conservative alternatives which you and your surgeon may want to consider. These include medications or injections for pain and inflammation, physical therapy, or other types of surgery.
The final decision about whether or not to have total knee surgery will be yours, so you will want to understand the risks involved. There are potential complications both during and after surgery. Generally, these include infection, blood cots, pneumonia, prosthesis loosening, and nerve damage. Your surgeon can answer your specific questions about the risks.

What Is It Like To Have Knee Replacement Surgery?
Before Surgery
If you and your surgeon decide that total knee replacement is right for you, a date will be scheduled for your surgery. Several things may be necessary to prepare for surgery. For example, your surgeon might ask you to have a physical examination by an internist or your regular doctor.
Because blood transfusions are likely to be needed during your surgery, you may want to donate one unit of your own blood, or possibly two units if your surgeon feels it is needed. You can donate one unit per week before your surgery.
During Surgery
On the day of surgery, a small tube (intravenous line) will be inserted into your arm. This tube will be used to administer antibiotics and other medication during your surgery. You will be taken to the operating room and given anesthesia. After the anesthesia takes effect, your knee will be scrubbed and sterelized with a special solution.
The surgery will begin with an incision over the knee that will expose the joint. When the bones are fully visible to the surgeon, special, precision guides and instruments are used to remove the damaged surfaces and shape the ends of the bones to accept the implant.
The implants are then secured to the bones. It might also be necessary to adjust the ligaments that surround the knee in order to achieve the best possible knee function. When the surgeon is satisfied with the fit and function of the implants, the incision will be closed.
A special drain may be inserted into the wound to drain the fluids that naturally develop at the surgical site. A sterile bandage will then be applied, and you will be taken to the recovery room, where you will be closely monitored. Your surgery will likely take between one and three hours, depending on your individual circumstances.
After Surgery
As your anesthesia wears off, you will slowly regain consciousness. A nurse will be with you, and may encourage you to cough or breath deeply to help clear your lungs. You will also be given pain medication. When you are fully awake, you will be taken to your hospital room. Your knee will remain swollen and tender for a few days.

What Can I Expect After Surgery?
When you are back in your hospital room, you will begin a rehabilitation program that will help you regain strength, balance, and range of movement in your knee. This program will be designed specifically for you. It may include a machine, called a continous passive motion machine, that automatically moves your leg to help reduce stiffness.
Your physical therapist will help your perform appropriate exercises. About 24 hours after surgery, you will probably be asked to stand. Within the next 24 hours, you will begin to walk a few steps with the help of a walker.
You will be discharged as soon as your surgeon determines that you have recovered sufficiently. You can expect to stay in the hospital for about three days after your surgery. You may or may not be transferred to a nursing facility for a few more days, as determined by your surgeon. Your bandages and sutures will usuallybe removed before you leave the hospital.
At home, you will need to continue your exercises. Your physical therapist will instruct you about proper home care, and may continue to work with you.
Within six weeks after surgery, most patients are able to walk with a cane. You will probably feel well enough to drive car within seven to eight weeks after surgery.
In most cases, successful total knee replacement will relieve your pain and stiffness, and allow you to resume many of your normal daily activities. But even after you have fully recovered from your surgery, you will still have some restrictions. Normal daily activities do not include contact sports or activities that put excessive strain on your knees. Although your artificial knee can be replaced, a second implant is seldom as effective as the first.

Prof. Madya Dr. Suhail Suresh Abdullah
M.D (UKM), M.S Orth (UKM)
Senior Lecturer / Consultant Orthopaedic & Arthroplasty Surgeon
Knee and Hip Joint Replacement
(Special Interest in Minimal Access & Computer Aided Joint Replacement)

Change

Alot is going on in the Arab world lately. Demonstrations have been going on in many arab states from Libya in the west, to Yemen in the east and up to Jordan in the north. Alot of these demonstrations were borne out of frustration of the general public about the glaringly enormous wealth gap in society between the politically linked ruling elite and the the average citizen. Unemployment remains very high in the arab world and a big chunk of society live under the poverty line. How can this be when the middle east is a region known to be blessed by its natural resources? The answer is corruption which to my amazement I quote Isa Samad as saying that "its normal and all countries have coruption. no need to worry". This coming from a politician who had be convicted of money politics (read: Corruption) is a chilly reminder of ow endemic corruption is. It simply scares me that this guy has just been appointed the head of Felda!

  Back to the middle east, almost all arab states are ruled by autocratic leaders who have ruled for decades and by far and large are out of touch with the aspirations of it's citizens. Ironic isn't it when you think that pre-Islamic Arabs did not have a concept of Kings and they always had a council of "elders" as apparent in the Quraisy of Mecca during the prophet's time. There was never a "King if Mecca". It is apt to recall a saying the great Caliph Umar Al-Khattab once reminded the arabs of his time that, correct me if I'm wrong, sounded like: "It was Islam that lifted the Arabs to greatness". Something like that so when the leaders do not govern according to the Islamic principles of justice, fairness, responsibility and accountability and the people just stop and allow these kind of leaders to stay in their corrupt ways, then the greatness that Allah had once bestowed upon the arab people will never be relived again... Anyways, enough of me ranting about... Here's a very interesting article by Dr Asri on the events happening in Egypt these past few weeks...Sorry, it is in Bahasa...


Rejim Yang Zalim Mesti Ditukar!

REJIM YANG ZALIM MESTI DITUKAR!Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin
(sertai facebook DrMAZA.com)

Dunia Arab bergolak. Dari Tunisia ke Mesir dan biarlah ia menjalar ke seluruh pelusuk daerah yang dikuasai oleh rejim yang zalim; yang menghina agama, menghisap darah rakyat, memundurkan negara, memerintah untuk kepentingan kroni dan keluarga, mengaut kekayaan peribadi sedangkan rakyat dalam kemiskinan. Memang sepatutnya telah lama ia bergolak. Persis seperti kata ‘Ali bin Abi Talib r.a:
“Sesungguhnya binasanya manusia terdahulu kerana mereka menghalang kebenaran sehingga ianya dibeli. Mereka membentangkan kezaliman sehingga ianya ditebus”. (Ibn Muflih, Al-Adab al-Syar‘iyyah, 1/201, Beirut: Muassasah al-Risalah).

Rakus
Dunia Islam adalah dunia yang kaya. Kedudukan negara-negara umat Islam amat strategik. Malangnya, ramai para penguasa yang zalim dan korupsi menguasai politik. Lihatlah Tunisia, walaupun majoriti penduduknya muslim tetapi pemimpinnya di samping zalim dan khianat, mempersendakan agama; memperlekehkan puasa Ramadan, mengharamkan tudung kepala (hijab) ke atas wanita dan pelbagai lagi.
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First Lady Tunisia - Leila Ben Ali
Isteri Ben Ali bekas Presiden Tunisia yang diusir oleh rakyatnya bernama Leila al-Tarabulusi yang dulu ‘First Lady Tunisia’, dilaporkan oleh media Perancis membawa lari emas Tunisia ke Dubai seberat 1.5 tan. Semasa berkuasa, beliau atas nama suami bermewahan dengan harta negara. Padah perbuatan suami, ditambah dengan sikap ‘berlebihan’ isteri dan keluarga.
Lihatlah Mesir, jika pemimpinnya amanah betapa besar kekayaan yang dapat dikaut dari hasil Suez Canal atau Terusan Suez yang menghubungkan antara Laut Mediterranean dengan Laut Merah. Tax dari terusan tersebut jika diuruskan dengan betul menjadi sumber yang amat besar untuk negara itu. Bahkan dikatakan mampu membiayai setiap warga Mesir.
Mesir ada gas. Mubarak salurkannya kepada negara haram Israel. Israel membeli gas Mesir lebih murah dari rakyat Mesir sendiri. Sungai Nil yang subur tidak diusahakan secara bersungguh oleh Kerajaan Mesir, bahkan mereka masih mengimport makanan dari luar. Rakyat Mesir ramai yang hidup dalam kemiskinan. Dilaporkan lebih 42 peratus dari 81 juta lebih rakyat Mesir berada di bawah paras kemiskinan. Jutaan rakyat hidup tanpa rumah dan makan. Peranan Mubarak hanyalah menjaga kepentingan diri, kroni, Israel dan Amerika!
Itu di Mesir, di sana masih ada lagi Syria, Yaman, Morocco dan lain-lain yang hampir sama keadaannya. Malang sekali, di bawah rejim-rejim yang berkuasa itu media dibisukan, fakta dibohongi dan rakyat diperbodohkan. Nyawa dan darah rakyat begitu murah. Mereka menyeksa dan membunuh pengkritik. Gambar rejim-rejim ini diangkat dan disanjung secara upah ataupun paksa. Rakyat hidup menderita dan kelaparan. Kekayaan dibahagi secara songsang. Harta setiap pemimpin dan keluarga mereka mencecah ratusan billion dolar, sedangkan pendapatan rakyat tidak sampai satu dolar pun sehari. Bahkan ada pendapatan yang tidak sampai seratus ringgit Malaysia sebulan.
Bohong
Para pemimpin yang selekeh dan tidak amanah menguasai kebanyakan Dunia Islam dan Arab. Mereka diagungkan oleh golongan yang berkepentingan dan disokong oleh segelintir rakyat yang diperbodohkan. Barat yang kononnya inginkan demokrasi disebarkan, namun mereka hipokrit dalam masalah Dunia Islam. Mereka membiarkan pemerintah kuku besi terus di tampuk kuasa selagi kepentingan mereka dijaga. Jiwa kapitalis Barat melebihi kehendak demokrasi mereka. Jadi, Dunia Islam bak kata Nabi s.a.w:
“Akan datang kepada manusia tahun-tahun yang penuh tipu daya. Ketika itu didustakan orang yang benar, dianggap benar orang yang dusta, dianggap khianat orang yang amanah, dianggap amanah orang yang khianat, dan bercakap ketika itu al-Ruwaibidoh. Para sahabat bertanya: “Siapakah al-Ruwaibidoh?” Sabda Nabi s.a.w.: Orang lekeh yang berbicara mengenai urusan awam (orang ramai).” (Diriwayatkan oleh al-Imam Ahmad, al-Hakim dll. Al-Hakim menyatakan isnadnya sahih dan ini disetujui oleh Al-Zahabi).
Salah Sasaran
Malang sekali, ulama-ulama ‘pro rejim’ seperti Mufti Mesir yang hari ini sibuk menasihati rakyat agar jangan berdemonstrasi dan mengalu-alukan langkah Hosni Mubarak untuk proses pembaharuan, tidak pula selama ini membantah kerakusan kuasa yang berlaku. Pada hari pemerintah mengaut dan menghisap darah rakyat, mereka sibuk membahaskan isu-isu ketaatan rakyat kepada pemimpin dan tidak pula bertegas tentang kewajipan pemimpin menunaikan hak rakyat. Jika Hosni gagal membuat perubahan dalam masa 30 tahun memerintah, apakah mungkin dia boleh melakukannya dalam masa 7 bulan yang dijanjikan?! Jika mampu pun, bererti dia selama ini khianat kerana tidak melakukan pembaharuan itu dalam masa 30 tahun tiba-tiba hari ini dia menyatakan ia boleh dilakukan dalam masa 7 bulan!.
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Gambar Hiasan
Hari ini golongan agamawan khususnya dari aliran ‘salafi’ sibuk membahaskan tentang demokrasi dan demonstrasi bukan dari ajaran Islam. Bagi saya itu adalah persoalan persepsi bagaimana kita memahami demokrasi dan dalam konteks apa demokrasi itu dilihat. Kita patut bertanya mereka apakah pemerintahan otokrasi atau kukuh besi itu dari ajaran Islam? Apakah membiarkan pemerintah menghisap darah rakyat tanpa membantah itu dibenarkan oleh Islam?
Persoalan falsafah dan konteks demokrasi dan demonstrasi memang patut dibincang dan dihalusi di sudut fekahnya. Namun adalah tidak adil apabila rakyat bercakap soal demokrasi dan demonstrasi lalu fatwa haram atau bid’ah dikeluarkan, sedangkan ketika pemerintah mengamalkan kuku besi, kezaliman, rasuah dan merompak hasil negara, golongan agama ini muncul dalam media untuk hanya mengingatkan rakyat tentang syurga dan neraka, tetapi tidak pula membaca nas-nas agama yang mengingati pemerintah bahawa kezaliman mereka adalah dosa yang amat besar dan neraka yang bakal menanti. Apakah agama hanya candu untuk rakyat bawahan supaya dapat melupakan kerakusan orang atasan?! Nabi s.a.w bersabda:
“Sesungguhnya selepasku ini akan adanya para pemimpin yang melakukan kezaliman dan pembohongan. Sesiapa masuk kepada mereka lalu membenarkan pembohongan mereka dan menolong kezaliman mereka maka dia bukan dariku dan aku bukan darinya dan dia tidak akan mendatangi telaga (di syurga). Sesiapa yang tidak membenar pembohongan mereka dan tidak menolongan kezaliman mereka, maka dia dari kalanganku dan aku dari kalangannya dan dia akan mendatangi telaga (di syurga)” (Riwayat Ahmad, al-Nasai dan Ibn Abi ‘Asim. Dinilai oleh al-Albani. (lihat: Ibn Abi ‘Asim, al-Sunnah, tahqiq: Al-Albani, hlm 337-339).
Mengapakah golongan pro-rejim tidak mengingatkan pemimpin mereka tentang hadis Nabi s.a.w: “Allah tidak lantik seseorang hamba itu menguasai sesuatu rakyat kemudian hamba itu mati dalam keadaan dia menipu rakyatnya, melainkan Allah haramkan untuknya syurga” (Riwayat Muslim).
Demonstrasi Aman
Ya, tiada siapa yang bersetuju dengan demonstrasi ganas. Rakyat diharapkan keluar ke jalan dengan aman sebagai tanda bantahan atas kezaliman rejim-rejim mereka. Ia salah satu dari menzahirkan bantahan terhadap kemungkaran. Dalam hadis seorang lelaki datang mengadu kepada kepada Rasulullah s.a.w, katanya:
“Sesungguhnya jiranku menyakitiku”. Sabda Nabi s.a.w: “Keluarkan baranganmu dan letakkannya di jalan”. Maka lelaki itu mengambil barangannya dan letak di jalan. Lalu, setiap orang yang melintas bertanya: “apa yang berlaku kepadamu?”. Dia menjawab: “Jiranku menyakitiku”. Maka mereka berkata: “Ya Allah laknatilah dia, Ya Allah hinalah dia”. Dengan sebab itu, jirannya berkata: “Kembalilah ke rumahmu, aku tidak akan sakitimu lagi”. (Riwayat al-Bazzar dan al-Hakim dalam al-Mustadrak. Ahmad Syakir menilainya sebagai sahih).
Demikian, Nabi mengajar bahawa kadang-kala cara menyelesaikan kezaliman dengan mendapat sokongan ramai di jalan. Bantahan orang ramai boleh menakutkan orang yang zalim. Jika sekadar kezaliman jiran kita boleh bertindak sedemikian, apatahlagi kezaliman rejim yang jauh lebih besar dan sukar disingkirkan. Pasti sokongan yang lebih besar dan bantahan di jalan yang lebih hebat diperlukan. Apa yang penting, penunjuk perasaan tidak boleh menumpahkan darah sesama umat Islam dan rakyat, juga tidak merosakkan harta awam dan mereka yang tidak bersalah.
Dunia Arab dan Islam mesti berubah. Eropah telah lama menyingkirkan pemimpin mereka yang korupsi dan kuku besi. Kadang-kala hak binatang yang dinikmati oleh Barat lebih baik dari hak manusia yang hidup di bawah rejim-rejim yang berkuasa di Dunia Arab dan Islam. Jatuh! Jatuh! Jatuhlah segala rejim!.

Have you really read the Quran before?

That is something I would like to do properly one day. Reading it in Arabic only without much knowledge of arabic just doesn't cut it for me anymore. But, like most people I have not got round reading it properly, and fully, or at least better understand the Quran in it's entirety, not just snipets from it like how the video below says, "The highlighted" version. Check the video below out.


And if you want to learn more about the tafsir of the Quran, this ustaz on IKIM.FM, Ustaz Zahazan does very good tafsir talks as he takes the views of many scholars and is very balanced in his tafsir methods. You will be amazed at how differing the scholars can be on certain issues. That is why it is important for us as muslims to always be open minded of opinions not of our own. Just because you think you are right, it doesn't mean that the other person is wrong, and vice versa. This sort of absolutism is becoming a cancer in our society. Anyways, here's the link to the mp3 talks by ustaz Zahazan. Enjoy.

http://www.mymaktabaty.com/2008/08/mp3-ceramah-ustaz-zahazan-mohamed.html