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Friday, 27 February 2009

It was Garfield who got it right.....Diet is "Die" with a "T"

I bumped into this article while scouting for what's new with Obama, new chopper? New boxers? What's the second screw up? ( the first for his life was bothering to run for presidency knowing he'd inherit a load of dung from Washington. Hmm....maybe that is why "they" ALLOWED the first black guy to become president..after "they" made sure every single thing is totally messed up. By "they" it could mean the KKK or any white supremacist). It's everyone's but my favorite to loose weight (there is no studies on how to put on weight...I'm a victim of society's negligence). The article is titled, go ahead and click on the link to read the article,
"Low fat? Low carbs? Answering best diet questions? "

My favorite line is this "After two years of monitoring the participants, "all the diets were winners," said study co-author Dr. Frank Sacks, a professor of cardiovascular disease prevention at the Harvard School of Public Health. "All produced weight loss and improvements in lipids, reduction in insulin." Two come up with a conclusion of "all diets were winners", something my grandmother who do not know what carbohydrate and cholestrol can tell in between her two tight slaps when she caught us with the third donut in our mouths.

If you are into dieting, and have the extra time to indulge in some articles regarding fad diets, here are some of the updated links.
(this post unravels by clicking below)

Comparison of Zone, Atkins, Ornish and LEARN diet in overweight premenopausal women; although my speculation of choosing premenopausal women is that no one is interested in how men look like, as long as their pockets are as equally fat, women on the other hand, are almost always (always is a strong word) in competition to outlook each other to go after the minority men, a fact that I find amusing and amusingly contradictary to what we preach, since we insist we are smarter than men. The most likely scientific reason, as much as I'd like to insist that my reasoning is it, is that premenopausal women have low metabolic rate as compared to the younger market. If you can get the women, at the beginning of their end, to loose weight, the rest is a piece of cake.

Then there's Zone, Ornish, or LEARN—which diet kept weight off? A study done in June2007 that compared the four major diet programs and the result, similar to that done on premenopausal women, is Atkin's Diet came out shining. Apparently, Atkin's diet lowers the LDL (low density lipoprotein) a.k.a "the bad cholestrol" , although it doesn't raise the HDL (high density lipoprotein) a.k.a. "the good cholestrol" (the world is always full of the evil trying to outsmart the good - maybe someone should make a movie based on this...Super HDL to the rescueeeeeeee). And just as the Atkin's team were about to pop out the champaign to celebrate, come November 2007, this came by Atkin diet may cause damage to blood vessels.
Ouch!! From Hero to Zero....until a new research emerges and walla! Back to a Hero.

My conclusion? Well, firstly, Garfield may be fat and lazy, but he was on top of his game when he said "Diet" is "Die" with a "T". Secondly, there is no short cut in life, although you would like to think there is. It's like that second (or was it third ) Newton Law that says, "Every action has a reaction". I think it's the third. You cannot stuff yourself with detrimental-for-health-food stuff , or eat anything in excess and expect a healthy outcome.

Having said all this about dieting, one has to exercise to ensure good health. I know, it's no wonder people prefer to run to the bomoh, because these flers always, I mean, almost always blame the "unknown" for every single disease known to men. That was how the term "etiology unknown" came about in modern medicine I reckon. Another word when they say the cause of a particular disease is "idiopathic", it simply means "the doctors are idiots, the patients, pathetic" (bear my dry medical jokes please)

I was on my way out of the clinic, after hours of course, clad in my exercising gear when my patient remarked, "You are like this and you go jogging?!!!", and I looked at her, smiled and replied, "it's because I exercise all my life that I get to look like this"....and I left, leaving her with this expression of deep ponder...It's either she's too slow to get it, or I'm to fast headed out of my clinic, before I get stuck with more questions!!

Throughout my experience, the only way to stay healthy is to set this simple fact in your minds: "Exercise and good food, are not bothered what you do for a living, rather, if you DO them(as in do the exercise and good food) for a good healthy living. " It's not what you do for a week or two to fit into that particular new and lovely evening gown that you've decided to buy anyway despite the store not having your size, but it is a lifestyle in need of incorporation (and copulation, since sexercise gets the job done too).

Just as you need to work, shop, to sleep, to "main pee pee" or MAINPP ( terminology borrowed from Walski ), or whatever not, you need to look for time to exercise while you take good care of what you put into you orally (and by orally, this also includes other meaty stuff that bears debilitating diseases, unless of course if you're a non HIV partner, putting your HIV infected partner into you, orally.---Oh! Just click here to unblurr the blurred!!). Once we get this simple bit of information sunk in the deepest corner of our gray matter, the rest of it follows through easily and naturally.

How should one eat? I tend to comply to the Glycemic Index/Load theory. Basically, it is the gist of Atkin's Diet,(of course they will not reveal this because, they can't make money otherwise) .

Don't get intimidated with all that "blah..blahs". The concept is actually quite simple. Carbohydrate increases the release of Insulin into the system in order to "carry" the end product of carbohydrate digestion, which is glucose, for the blood stream into the cells. Incidentally, insulin is also responsible for the absorption of fats into cell, ergo, less carbohydrate,(from what grouped as "good carbohydrates") means less insulin hence less fat absorption. Furthermore, less calories obtained from low carbohydrate. The moderate carbohydrate, for example Basmati and Brown rice, pasta, takes longer to digest and have less glycemic index, meaning the glucose is released in slow bouts instead of the sudden surge as in the bad carbohydrate. Furthermore, a sustain abuse from the consistent high demand of insulin is the root cause of diabetes type 2 (acquired diabetes - you know, the one that you didn't get from your mama but you seem to be the first in your family lineage to procreate the diabetic gene by the body abuse using carbos?...yeah..that one...). There are books on this, and one I found useful is GI feel Good, Health and weight loss, by John Ratcliffe. ( I know, instantly the kids would think this is Harry Porters diet program).

Another way of eating that I find more challenging to comply is the Food Combination theory, or better known as the Hay Diet. I suspect that it is by far the least favored diet, perhaps due to the name "Hay" that gives one the perception of "eating hay all day" (hey, that rhymes!!).

A simple take home message. Diet should mean concentrating on getting good health. If you concentrate in attaining good health, the side effect of this is normally an impending good figure...(unless you have medical problems of course - fat does not always mean lazy). Remember, diet is not NOT eating, THAT is "Die" with a "T". Diet is merely eating smart to attain health benefit.
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Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Victim of phone scam.....and you thought it'll never happen to you.

Some monkey thought that he's going to get away with scamming me....ME!!....boy he doesn't know what he's gotten himself into. If you're wondering what on earth I'm talking about, well, let me tell you then. I am a victim of mobile phone scam. can laugh on, until it happens to you.

They must have used the photocopy of my IC which I had to surrender when applying for my second prepaid line. In case you're wondering why a second line, well, it's for my patients who think they can bug me after my duty with calls to confirm their fungal infection and other non emergency situations. Hey, I'm dedicated but I'm dedicated only within the time I'm paid to be dedicated. A gals got to have time to unwind, for god's sakes!!

Anyway, why prepaid? So that I can use the excuse of "Oh gee....your problem needs more explanation and I've run out of credit". Well, I can't be the cheapskate, since I'm giving consultation for free over the phone right? The least these patients can do is pay for the damn phone.

Well, back to the story line, I received a phone bill from U Mobile. The first phone bill was thought to be a mistake since it had my name written on it, but the address was not exactly correct. Then the second bill came, and the amount went up. Hmm..I thought to myself. This can't be right.
To cut the story short, and everyone knows how long my story can get, it turned out that someone had used my IC and forged my signature to obtain a line. Since there is no signature on the IC, then one can just forge a signature and submit the "application" form. Obviously it doesn't take Stephan Hawking to figure out it's an inside job.

I managed to trace the company that submitted the form to U Mobile, and I find it very dodgy that the company is in Sungai Buluh, (where the only work I have done there is Plant Shopping and oh, I manage to contract dengue from Nursery who's keeper was a drunkard - I got good bargain but obviously he was never sober to take care of the pool of water ideal for Aedes breeding-, but that is another story. Hmm..lot's of weird thing happened in Sg Buluh. ) have got no contact number on the U Mobile system.

And the best part of it all, which brings me to the third answer to "why prepaid?", is that I'm black listed for postpaid line. How on earth did U Mobile managed to approve my application!!!! Obviously there's some joker on the inside as well....Did I just tell everyone I'm blacklisted in post paid line? Oh heck!! It's a matter of principals and it's a long story. But principals do not stand when the service provider have got no ethics in running the "establishment", but again, that is another story. Hey I'm an Aries, I'm suppose to be obstinate. The least they could do, ( I was hoping they drag me to court), was to black list me.....chicken!!!

Apparently my case is being investigated by the Fraud Department of U Mobile. Obviously I'm going to do more than just buy plants the next time I make a trip to Sg Buloh. I have the address of the company that submitted the application, and I'm sure as hell going to try to track down this amateur criminal, give him two tight slaps, assuming the culprit is still working there and they have a record of who submitted the application form (which I doubt very much, since they can't even submit their phone number to U Mobile).

There are lessons to be learned here.....
1. Careful with your IC photocopy , even so, shit happens...because the system sucks
2. There is a blessing in disguise to be blacklisted in phone companies. It's like you have protection against fraud resulting from the lack of security in phone company system. So the next step is to get blacklisted in banks so that you won't be tempted to apply for loans...he..he..okay..this one is lame..
3. There is no justice in this world, that is why there's God to make sure justice is served. Beware the people responsible for ISA...
4. Don't buy plants from drunkard nursery care takers....
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Don't give A-Head.....give more of it.....

I have gay news for the gays. Philanderers cannot decide whether the discovery of HIV is good information for health, or perhaps ignorance is bliss. After all, with all the current break through, science is still not able to eradicate this killer disease. Hell, what am I talking about ! We haven't been able to cure a simple common cold, not up until recently, when researchers managed to find the actual cure for it , and that too it is in it's preliminary stage.

Society, on the other hand, is struggling for a break through in altering their mentality towards the stigma of HIV victims. As far as my observation takes me, the HIV victims suffer more or less the same fate as a rape victim in most Islamic countries, that they are victims of public scrutiny as a consequence of society's bigotry regarding this debilitating disease. That is but another story. I'm not here to talk about the ethical or religious aspect of HIV and AIDS, rather, I will be talking about damage control. That is what I do.

Today, Swedish researchers have discovered that men who gives lots of blow jobs to their HIV positive partners will develope antibodies specific to that of the partner's virus.
In AIDs Journal, click HERE to view topic. Unfortunately, one will have to subscibe to view the article. However, there is a summary available, done by Aidsmap. Go ahead and check it out yourself, by clicking HERE.

Basically the gist to this study is :

1. Men who are HIV negative, who give lots of blow jobs to their HIV positive partners, end up developing immunity against the disease during fellatio by producing what is called IgA1 antibodies in saliva that would help inhibit HIV infection during oral sex.

2. Apparently, the more virulent (higher amount of virus swimming along in the HIV positive partner's semen) the partner is, the higher level of that specific antibodies produced in the non infected partner protecting them against the debilitating disease.

3. If you want to have unprotected sex, become a sex worker and have lots of vaginal sex that help built some kind of antibodies against HIV, as the Kenya sex worker observation stated (kindly refer to the article linked in the above "HERE"). A note of caution : medical science, just like any other knowledge, evolves slightly slower than say, the turnover of cancer cells. So today giving blow jobs is prohibited, tomorrow, blow job should be given on prescription. So, I leave it to your discretion to decide, what is best for you. As far as I'm concern, the safest sex is no sex. (that is why sex after marriage is healthier, couples hardly have sex the moment they get married)

4. The antibodies are specific to the sorry, I know people like holes, but there is no loophole for philandering for this one....

There is however, that little thing to point out, a caveat in this study. The couples who participated in this research, an infected man with an uninfected partner, had to have been together for at least 6 months (which is beyond the most infectious state in most cases.). Any guys who did get HIV through oral sex in that risky early part of their relationship disqualifies from the study, because they would no longer be in a “belligerent” relationship.

Before some fatwa flers start sending me the Army of God,( pardon me, Army of Allah, as I may call Him Allah since I am a Muslim), I have to reiterate the fact that I'm not writing this to encourage homosexuality, rather, to state that it is in a way, beneficial for gays to have a fellatio fest, more for survival purposes, since I don't have the power to tell gays to convert back to being straight. My job is to keep people alive and healthy, and I leave God the judgment bit. That is His department. Like I said, I'm here for the damage control......

So don't go a-head, give more of it........
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Monday, 23 February 2009

In response to a comment

I wrote a response note to a comment on my post made by a.k satsangi, click HERE to view his comment.Incidentally I found that the same comment that was left HERE , and, not to be mistaken for Prof. P. S. Satsangi, Chairman,Advisory Committee on Education, Dayalbagh Educational Institutions, Agra and Founder President of the SSI and a pioneer in System Engineering and spiritual leader and Chief Mentor of Radhasoami Faith. My response comment just became too long and I thought I may as well post it for the benefit of readers.

Firstly, I would like to thank A.K.Satsangi for sharing with us, his thoughts. I have though, some thoughts of my own, that may not agree with him, but I think it's healthy that we can agree to disagree, and in doing so broaden our minds.

In regards to his comment; “Gravitation Force is the cause of manifestation of the creation.”, I appreciate the detailed explanation of the properties of gravity and so forth, but it would be good if one can answer to as how did gravitation came about in the first place? Who created gravity? As a matter of fact, no one, not even the scientists have managed to answer this, (and a lot more questions too, if I may add).

Newton also admitted that he did not have any proper idea about the cause of gravity-

"Hitherto, we have explained the phenomena of the heavens and of our sea by the power of gravity, but have not yet assigned the cause of this power. This is certain, that it must proceed from a cause that penetrates of its force; that operates not according to the quantity of the surfaces of the particles upon which it acts ( as mechanical cause used to do) but according to the quantity of the solid matter which they contain, and propagates its virtue on all sides to immense distances, decreasing always in the duplicate portion of the distances……Hitherto, I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from the phenomena, and I frame no hypothesis"
Principia Mathemetica Book 3, Section 4 Reading 6

Then there's Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, in The Nature of the Physical World, who said,

“ The law that entropy always increases – the second law of thermodynamics – holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equation – then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. It is found to be contradicted by observation – well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics, I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation".

So which one is more superior law of nature? Gravitational law or the second law of thermodynamics?

Again, in regards to your comment; “This is the only Truth which can be verified scientifically and can be termed as ‘higher theory for everything’.”

Scientists have at least agreed on one thing, that hitherto, the "Higher theory for everything" is not being able to be proven scientifically as the search for a unifying theory was interrupted by the discovery of the strong and weak nuclear forces, which could not be subsumed into either gravity or electromagnetism. A further hurdle was the acceptance that quantum mechanics had to be incorporated from the start, rather than emerging as a consequence of a deterministic unified theory, as Einstein had hoped.

Gravity and electromagnetism could always peacefully coexist as entries in a list of Newtonian forces, but for many years it seemed that gravity could not even be incorporated into the quantum framework, let alone unified with the other fundamental forces. For this reason, work on unification for much of the twentieth century, focused on understanding the three "quantum" forces: electromagnetism and the weak and strong forces.

Gödel’s theorem implies that pure mathematics is inexhaustible. No matter how many problems we solve, there will always be other problems that cannot be solved within the existing rules. Because of Gödel's theorem, physics is inexhaustible too. The laws of physics are a finite set of rules, and include the rules for doing mathematics, so that Gödel's theorem applies to them.

A number of scientists claim that Gödel's incompleteness theorem proves that any attempt to construct a TOE (Theory of Everything) is bound to fail. Gödel's theorem, informally stated, asserts that any sufficiently complex mathematical theory that has a finite description is either inconsistent or incomplete. In his 1966 book The Relevance of Physics, Stanley Jaki pointed out that, because any "theory of everything" will certainly be a consistent non-trivial mathematical theory, it must be incomplete. He claims that this dooms searches for a deterministic theory of everything.

Stephan Hawkings
was originally a believer in the Theory of Everything but, after considering Gödel's Theorem, concluded that one was not obtainable.

What I'm trying to point out is that, science is an ever changing subject, unlike mathematics. Today's theories, hypothesis, and perhaps even Laws, may be what they are one day, and become rubbish the next. But this should not stop us from seeking the truth. Because failure comes from sitting around not doing anything at all.

Hawkings may be right, or maybe wrong, but one thing he said stands true,

“We run around in circles and suppose, when the truth sits in the middle and knows”.

So what is the truth then? The truth lies in God's words....

Surah An Nur Ayat 35
24:35 "God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is like a concave mirror within a lamp, the lamp is within a glass, the glass is like a radiant planet, which is lit from a blessed olive tree that is neither of the east nor of the west, its oil nearly radiates light even if not touched by fire. Light upon light. God guides to His light those whom He pleases. God sets forth parables for mankind; God is aware of all things."

Footnote: This example highlights some of the main characteristics of the Quran. God is the source of enlightenment (light). The Quran radiates God's message (lamp). Though it is protected with a mathematical code, it has a transparent language (glass), reflecting a small portion of divine knowledge (radiant planet). Its message is universal; not limited to any language, race, or geography (neither of the east nor of the west). Those with open eyes may get its message even without showing much effort (gives off light even if not touched by fire). It has meaning inside meaning, message inside message (light upon light). Receiving its message is a blessing and its teacher is God Himself (God guides whomever/whoever wish(es) to His light). The word nur (light), in the normative case, occurs 33 times and is never used in plural from in the Quran, while its antonym is always used in its plural form, zulumat (darknesses), in 23 occurrences, and never in singular form. This implies singularity of the source of truth, which is God, and diversity of the sources of falsehood, which could be Satan, polytheist clergymen, ignorance, peer pressure, wrong choices, acquired weaknesses and addictions, etc. According to the Bible, God created the light first (Genesis 1:3). Light is also used as a metaphor for divine enlightenment or instruction (Psalms 119:105; Isaiah 8:20; Matthew 4:16; Matthew 5:16; John 5:35). God is described as "the Father of lights" (James 1:17). The Bible and its appendices use the light metaphor for many creatures too, such as John the Baptist (John 5:35), Jesus (Luke 2:32; John 1:7- 9), his disciples, (Matthew 5:14), and angels (2 Corinthians 11:14).

and in Baqarah;
[2:255]"Allah! There is no god but He, the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory). "

Who or what is God? That is like asking an ant how an elephant looks like.............

Last but not least, I can't help but wonder regarding his statement; “Gravitation Force is the Ultimate Creator, “, did he meant Ultimate Creator, as in God, or the tool God used to create? If it is the former, than I have problems understanding the presence of God in “Zero Gravity” or "when there is less gravitation" (since 'zero gravity' itself is non existent) . Does it mean less presence of God?
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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

10 ways to loose weight or exercise without exercising.......

For those who feels exercise is an expletive, but nevertheless wants to loose weight,here are some quick tips.....

1. For women: Wear 3inches high heels and work those calf muscles while walking up to your office, to the cafeteria, back to the parking lot, and so forth.
For men : If you don't mind the public scrutiny, you can also try walking around a 3 inches heels. otherwise, I suggest parking your car some distance away from your office so that you are forced to walk to and fro your car. It would be helpful if you are the absent minded type, so you end up walking to and fro more frequently hence burning those calories and working those calf muscles.

2. Fidget. For Malay women, be brave and defy "orang tua tua kata perempuan yang suka goyang kaki, hanya perempuan sundal" (I'm not joking!!), and fidget whenever you can. We are all whores of the system anyway. Men should not have any problems fidgeting.

3. Have as many sex as you can because sex burn more calories than say, thinking about it. (well, depends on how long the couple takes to "get there". This calorie guesstimation is not applicable in cases of premature ejaculation). Whilst "exercise" is a swear words to many, adding the word "sex" to "exercise" to make it into another word "sexercise" (call it "re-branding"), seem to have the exact opposite effect of an expletive to most people. In fact men become more creative and make songs about sexercise, ergo, burn more calories via the thinking and creative process.

If you are having an affair at the office, your extracurricular activities in the form of "Quickies" would actually help you to burn a lot of calories. A note of caution: I can't say it is true for mental health though.

4. Drink lots of cold water. Not cold until you pee ice, cold. Just cold enough to not aggravate one's tonsils. You see, 2nd law of thermodinamic states that the hot will warm up the cold in order to gain equal temperature by conduction. So, if you drink chilled water, the body will try to warm it up, and it does that by burning calories....Having said that, it's just plain water a.k.a. paipsicola a.k.a ayak kosong.....cold sugared water don't count daaaaaahling....

5. Get involve with, for women, assholes ( a.k.a. a sad excuse for a man); for men, bitches ( and I'm not talking bestiality here). You'll loose more weight faster from a heart break or major headache from emotional roller coaster as compared to fad diets and exercise program. As for gays, since you guys are not into bitches, and getting involved with assholes may have the reverse effect and you may gain weight instead, I'll just say go get your hearts broken if you want to loose them calories.

6. Keep yourselves stressed out. (Hey, I didn't say anything about being healthy, I said loosing calories and working them muscles). Stress can induce gastritis as well as stress polyuria ( increase frequency and amount of urination due to stress). The water loss from frequent urination will contribute to the weight loss. Another way is to drink excessive coffee and tea, as they are natural diuretics and like stress, they cause frequent peeing

7. Wash your car frequently especially during rainy seasons. Do not send it to the car wash establishments. Remember Karate Kid? By the end of the year, not only you have gorgeous muscles to show off, but you'll also subconsciously learn to not be there when someone throws a punch at you.

8. Work in the government wait...sorry, that is if you want to gain weight, become self induce obesed due to sluggishness and laziness (of course there are exceptional diligent Departments). Let me start with #8 again.

8. Work with the government sector.... The government uses point system. You go to Point A, they will point you to Point B, a lot of pointing going on, ergo you will end up getting kicked around from one department to another, hence, you will loose all that weight from walking. You will also get a facial muscle exercise thrown in from all that cursing.

9. Dance whenever no one's looking. That's what I do anyway. I wonder if they have a hidden camera in that elevator...hmmm...

10. Get involve in politics. The bribery will consume you, like the consumption (or better known as TB or tuberculosis). Like TB, you will loose weight.....Okay...this one is lame. I've ran out of ideas. My life's struggle have been trying to gain weight, so forgive me for the lack of empathy for people to loose weight.

So there you go, shake off them calories subconsciously. Good Luck!!! .....
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Saturday, 14 February 2009

"Honor" Killings.

In order to honor Taxy Driver's request for wanting to know more about "honor killing", whereby, today, is fast turning into a worrying culture amongst, mostly Muslims all around the world, (inapplicable to some UMNO members since one can't defend something that doesn't exist... I don't think anyone would complain if they take Timbaland's song "Kill Yourself" seriously) , although history tells us that there are other non Islamic cultures like the Japanese and Tahitians who would kill themselves to save dignity. In society of Samurai and the way of the warrior, better known as Bushido for example, death by "seppuku" , or vulgarly termed as "harakiri" (belly cutting), was regarded as an honorable death. Thank god the Sumos do not practice belly cutting.

"Honor killing" in current context is more applicable to Muslim women,mainly, who kill themselves, or are expected/forced by culture to take their own lives and declare the deed as an "honorable death", to escape the shame of being raped, or sometimes even when a man had broken the engagement and lay the blame on the women. It's rather unfortunate though these dishonorable men, (throw some stones and out of ten, three will hit them), refuse to kill themselves.

In some cases, there are rape victims who volunteered to become the infamous suicide bombers in order to cover up for the shame of being raped. I think the act of blasting oneself to pieces, killing innocent lives, not to mention children, in the name of God, is a thousand times more shameful than being raped, which in the first place is not even the women's fault, but that is another avenue altogether....

I am not going to depress myself or others on a beautiful Friday morning, the morning before Valentine's Day, citing all the miserable examples of "honor killings" (or any Quran verses on fornication) because frankly, I would like to enjoy my weekend without the images of these women hanging beside the image of my secret rendezvous with George Clooney (Brad Pitt use to in my dreams until he had to go get hooked with should have been me really...). So, one word for you, "Google" my friends...

What do I think about "honor killing"? Basically, there's nothing "honorable" about taking one's life, be it your own. Let me get the definition straight first before I resume;

For "honor" please press 1,
For "killing" please press 2
To exit, please press #

Unless you don't speak, read or write in English, by deciphering both definition, you will come to a conclusion, that killing a human being is not honorable. In Surah Al-An'am verse161, God said;

Say: "Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from": join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want - We provide sustenance for you and for them - come not nigh to shameful deeds, whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom.

In fact, God doesn't take too kindly to those who kills others as evidenced in Surah An-Nisaa Verse 93;

"Whoever kill one who acknowledge intentionally, then his reward shall be hell, eternally abiding therein; God will be angry with him, curse him and for him, is prepared a great retribution."

Basically, killing is considered a reservation via speed dialing to Hotel Hell. Incidentally, oneself is also counted as a person, unless you consider yourself the Monalisa (mysterious but dead nevertheless). So for whatever reason to kill, others or yourself, the word "honor" cannot be associated with the word kill, because EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED ( in fact, to me, every life form on earth is sacred, including that of a fly, if you are a fly that is).
Before someone sends a Samurai to behead me with his sword, I have to add, you are allowed to take life "by way of justice and law" but nothing said about it being honorable, unless in the path of God. Okay, don't get freaked out too fast, and run to make a booking for circumcision, hold on, there's more. In the eyes of Islam, killing is permissible only if it is in self defense, against oppression.
For example:
"Nor take life - which Allah has made sacred - except for just cause. And if anyone is slain wrongfully, We have given his heir authority (to demand Qisas or to forgive): but let him not exceed bounds in the matter of taking life; for he is helped (by the law)."

and in Al Anfal verse 60;
[8:60] Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the Cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly. [8:61] But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is the One that Heareth and Knoweth (all things).

Again in Al Baqarah:93

"And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression. "

However,having said all that, forgiveness is encouraged, for example in Surah Al Baqarah 178-179

[178] O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude. This is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this, whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. [179] In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, O ye men of understanding; that ye may restrain yourselves.

and in Al Maidah verse 27-28

[27] Recite to them the truth of the story of the two sons of Adam. Behold! they each presented a sacrifice (to Allah): it was accepted from one, but not from the other. Said the latter: "Be sure I will slay thee." "Surely," said the former, "Allah doth accept of the sacrifice of those who are righteous. [28] "If thou dost stretch thy hand against me, to slay me, it is not for me to stretch my hand against thee to slay thee: for I do fear Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds.

and again in Al Maidah 45

"We ordained therein for them: "Life for life, eye for eye, nose for nose, ear for ear, tooth for tooth, and wounds equal for equal." But if anyone remits the retaliation by way of charity, it is an act of atonement for himself. And if any fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed, they are (no better than) wrong-doers."

By the way, I bumped into this site which I find amusing and irritating simultaneously, but to different parties, "CNN avoids mentioning Islam in segment in 'honor killing' ". (Oh, don't worry, there is no death sentence for those who digress, I've checked) Snort. So much for freedom of press. Can you blame them? Say something against Islam, even if you state the obvious, next thing you know, your neighbor will be Salman Rushdie. Some Muslims/Clerics can be so, what is that word I'm looking for....pedantic and parochial..(wow, think one get another free)

Al-Anfal verse 22

"Those worst creatures with God are the deaf and dumb who do not reason"

There are some who declares the suicide bombers as "Law of Equality" killing. Some were even bold enough to call the act "Jihad". In the west however the same word means this, which is basically a misconception, sometimes even by the Muslims who perpetrated the act of jihad by this misconception. Actually it means this. Let me emphasis on certain content of the text in the latter "this";

"In the classical manuals of Islamic jurisprudence, the rules associated with armed warfare are covered at great length.[8] Such rules include not killing women, children and non-combatants, as well as not damaging cultivated or residential areas.[9] More recently, modern Muslims have tried to re-interpret the Islamic sources, stressing that Jihad is essentially defensive warfare aimed at protecting Muslims and Islam.[8] Although some Islamic scholars have differed on the implementation of Jihad, there is consensus amongst them that the concept of jihad will always include armed struggle against persecution and oppression.[10]"

Consistent with what God said in Al Hajj verse 39-40; whereby He gave permission to retaliate when oppressed;

[39] To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight), because they are wronged; and verily, Allah is Most Powerful for their aid; [40] (They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right, (for no cause) except that they say, "Our Lord is Allah." Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid His (cause); for verily Allah is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will).

And in Al Baqarah verse 178;
"O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder: the free for the free, the slave for the slave, the woman for the woman. But if any remission is made by the brother of the slain, then grant any reasonable demand, and compensate him with handsome gratitude. This is a concession and a Mercy from your Lord. After this, whoever exceeds the limits shall be in grave penalty. [179] In the Law of Equality there is (saving of) Life to you, O ye men of understanding; that ye may restrain yourselves ".

Now, tell me How exactly how does a suicide bomber, fit into the description of jihad, when most of the bombings involves innocent lives, not to mention those of children?
Back on track, there was a report on Lebanon's most senior Shiite Muslim cleric issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning honor killings, calling the custom of murdering a female relative for sexual misconduct “a repulsive act.” The fatwa by Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah was a rare condemnation by a prominent cleric of the practice. Fadlallah's office said he issued the statement in alarm over reports on an increase in honor killings. Well, Muslim men should be alarmed when women blast themselves to pieces, otherwise, there will be shortage of women to keep up with the quota of 4 wives.

Life is sacred. Everything should be done to avoid loosing it. Honor, dignity, shame, etc are all but sentiments that can be adjusted if people get their priorities right. Let me reiterate the fact that there is no honor in taking away something that is sacred, even if that something belongs to you, when in actual fact, it doesn't because everything belongs to God, including your life. It is His to take, as evidenced in Al Baqarah verse255

"Allah! There is no god but He, the Living, the Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him nor sleep. His are all things in the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede in His presence except as He permitteth? He knoweth what (appeareth to His creatures as) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass aught of His knowledge except as He willeth. His Throne doth extend over the heavens and the earth, and He feeleth no fatigue in guarding and preserving them for He is the Most High, the Supreme (in glory). "

This exploitation of life in the name of God should be stopped. The question to ask is, when will these people realize that they need to take the honor out of the killings? Indeed, life is sacred.

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Friday, 13 February 2009

What Valentine's Day means to Singletons

It's the time of the year again, when Cupids are made to work overtime. For lovers all over the world, this is the time to show their love, sometimes to the point of ridicule, but hey, "Thinking kills romance".....

But for those Singletons out there, it's another day to remind them that they don't have that chance to flaunt their idiosyncrasy, or if you are rich, the term appropriately used is eccentricity(a synonym for different hierarchy)in a form of expressing love for that special someone. But fear not my fellow singletons....there's always the good side of despair. Incidentally, I have a list of it...

Top Ten reasons,( in random disorder) reasons, why it's cool to NOT celebrate Valentine's Day (the sour-grape list)

1. The hair factor: For women, they don't have to shave for just that one day, then suffer the incredible itch days after, when the hair starts growing back. For men, they don't have to plant hair on the bald patches just for that one day to impress. Hmm...I wonder if Samy Veloo is celebrating or celibating this year.

2. They save money. No need to spend money on roses that cost three times on normal non Valentine's Day,especially during this tsunami recession period, could use the extra cash. For those who are unlucky (in financial sense of it) enough to be obliged to spend Valentine's Day,click HERE for damage control

3. The fatwa flers are off breathing down their neck. The negative point for this however, is that you can never get your job done with the Islamic Department since all personnel are out on field work. ( Since porn is prohibited, why not watch them LIVE, and dig this...for free!!!).

4. They are not pressured to have sex on that very particular day just coz it's Valentine's Day, and risk suffering from performance pressure, especially when you are above 60. I wonder how much a viagra would cost on Valentine's Day?

5. They don't feel exploited, well at least less exploited for one day.

6. They have a chance to become tempera-mental, say, kick their boss's ass and blame it on Valentine Day's blues. Women, however gets this chance every one day of the month.

7. They don't have to exhaust their brains planning, not to mention exhaust your patience on the booking of venues etc. Besides, if you're involve in extra marital affairs, extra brain exhaustion is needed to cook up excuses to celebrate twice, on the same day, one with the legal spouse, unless you have a competent,loyal and trustworthy secretary to do all the dirty job for you, and provided the extra marital affair is not with her. The singletons just don't experience exhaustion in this sense.

8. Since Singletons don't have to waste time celebrating Valentine's Day, they have extra time to blog and catch up with Facebook-ing.

9. They run less risk of ending up in the Emergency Room, with, for women, embarrassing gynaelogical problems. I once had a 65 year old lady came in with a condom stuck in her ummentionable.(basically, this comes under technical error). I cannot till today decide which surprised me the most; the condom distressed, or the having sex in her menopausal age. For men, less risk of barrel repair.

10. They get to bitch about those who celebrate Valentine's Day.

Nevertheless, to all singletons and couples out there; HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!
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Tuesday, 10 February 2009

To Cover or Not to Cover, was it ever a question?

When I was in the Uni, never mind how long ago.....there use to be a group of Muslim women who were fond of knocking from door to door giving sermons. Whatever topics discussed or lectured, without fail, a simple talk on, say, "Heaven for women, by way of staying subdued" would impendingly end up with the mention of “perempuan wajib pakai tudung or else......” . They came to my room once, and never did came back because I gave them my version of Islam, clad in my shorts and tee shirt, and I reckon they must have thought that it was too time consuming attempting to convert Satan herself.

There on, to my observations, in many if not most places, women who do not cover their heads are more often met with scrutinizing eyes, like those who possess telekinetic powers to move things or bend metals. It's like the rest of the sisters who covers their heads are silently trying trying to do these bare headed women a favor by moving a piece of cloth from out of nowhere to fly and drape the heads that are uncovered, via telekinetics. Yes, a gaze can sometimes give you that impression. In fact my nurses at the hospital rarely do not cover their heads and to my surprise, I hardly recognize them when we bumped into each other outside because, quite a number do not wear tudung outside the hospital premises. I reckon that they wore the tudung out of pere pressure from "the system", in a desperate attempt for social acceptance.

Muslims have put emphasis on Hijab to an extent that it is Haram for a woman to show her hair in public, some, to even non Muslim women, and there are some, even to Muslim women who do not cover their heads up. Hijab is more important than say, respecting time and being punctual, because, as long as my memory serves me well, there were sermons given depicting the visit of Muhammad to heaven and hell whereby, there he saw many women who in their lifetime did not cover their hair, being tortured in hell. Basically, even if a woman has good ethics, generous with charity etc, she would still end up in hell because all the good things that could change the world, do not count as she is forfeited for not covering her head. Yes, it is THAT important. So here are the verses in the Quran that says it is HARAM (prohibited) for a woman to not cover her hair, and verses that says it is WAJIB (synonym=fard/obligatory) to cover their head.

There you go....NONE. Nadaaaaaa.....nil....nahey...illek......mowwa...tiada.....No, you did not miss anything. You did not see wrongly, nor suffer from any sudden onset cataract or partial blindness, nor is there anything wrong with your notebook that you did not see the ayat I posted. That is because, I did not post any since there IS no ayat in the Quran that says it is HARAM for women to not cover their heads. Funny thing is, there is no ayat ordering women to cover their heads up either. In fact, there is no mention about head covering whatsoever. Hmm.....

Incidentally, my uncle was former Mufti Besar and during the 80s, when "tudung" was begining to make it's debut, I asked him regarding the matter and he told me that there are no such verses in the Quran that enforces women to cover their heads (in fact his wife and daughters were going around with long skirts and without tudung, until everyone started insisting it is necessary and they felt they needed to oblige society by wearing it. ), but if society requires us to do so, than it is best that we respect the code of dressing. I never did, although very tempted to ask him "what if the code of dressing is undressing, like some tribes in Africa?" because my uncle believed in the OTS system (one tight slap system; term introduced by Harith Iskandar) that can cure all obstinacy and even dark humor.

There are , however, verses regarding or mentioning the head covering. I will post all and let you be the judge of it.

There are 7 verses regarding “Hijab” (a term use to mean 'covering one's head') in the Quran and they are (My reference for this bit is from Syed Ali Akbar's book, “Things in Common” , which by the way, I highly recommend you to purchase, and not kept to collect dust on the shelf, but read because it is worth reading.):

1. “Between the dwellers of hell and heaven there is a HIJAAB ( barrier)” 7:46

  1. “Between believers and disbelievers, there is a HIJAAB (barrier) 17:45

  2. “Mary ( mother of Jesus) took a HIJAAB (barrier) and stayed apart form her folk” 19:17

  3. “Men must speak to the Prophet's wives from behind a HIJAAB (barrier)" 33:53

  4. “Solomon was preoccupied with the good things until they became hidden behind a HIJAAB (barrier)" 38:32

  5. “The disbelievers say to Prophet 'between us and you is a HIJAAB (barrier)" 41:5

  6. “God does not speak to any human except from behind a HIJAAB ( barrier)." 42:51

There are other verses implying hijab as partition/veil and these are:

1. “O you who acknowledge, do not enter the prophet's homes except if you are invited to a
meal, without you forcing such an invitation. But if you are invited, you may enter.
you finish eating, you shall leave, without staying to wait for a hadith. This used to
the prophet, and he was shy to tell you. But God does not shy away from the truth.
If you
ask his wives for something, ask them from behind a barrier. This is purer for your
and their hearts. It is not for you to harm God's messenger, nor you should marry
wives after him. This is a gross offense with God.”
  1. “When thou dost recite the Quran, We put between thee and those who believe not in the Hereafter, an invisible veil (hijab)" 17:45

  2. "And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty, that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers or their brother's sons, or their sisters' sons,or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex, and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! turn ye all together towards Allah, that ye may attain Bliss" An Nur verse 31.
Refering to verse 31 of Surah An Nur, unless someone had mistaken their heads for their bosoms (chests), this verse tells women to cover their chests. And if men thinks even if women covers their chests, that it is okay to stare at them boobs, think again because God knows what is in that filthy brains of yours. Prior to verse 31 of an Nur, verse 30 says;

"Say to the believing men, that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do."

It's because God is well acquainted with all that we do and think,that He made sure He left us with no loopholes. So guys, stop staring at our boobs and get on with life...Oh, by the way, allow me to digress by saying, the word "boob" actually means, "stupid awkward person", or it could also mean "mistake or blunder", take a look HERE . So I guess the word "boobs" is derived from the word "boob" because, well, most of the time, men becomes stupid that could lead to danger, when they stare too long at women's breasts. Needless to say the plural version of 'boob' could only mean double stupor ergo jeopardy...It's no wonder God told women to hide their breasts from men's gaze and men to stop searching for lucky sightings.....there, I said it. Now we can all go back to the Quranic stuff?

In the Quran Index, by Afzalur Rahman, listed under "veil" is the Al Ahzab 32-33, as below:

[32] O Consorts of the Prophet! ye are not like any of the (other) women: if ye do fear (Allah), be not too complaisant of speech, lest one in whose heart is a disease should be moved with desire: but speak ye a speech (that is) just. [33] And stay quietly in your houses, and make not a dazzling display, like that of the former Times of Ignorance: and establish Regular Prayer, and give Regular Charity; and obey Allah and His Messenger. And Allah only wishes to remove all abomination from you, ye Members of the Family, and to make you pure and spotless.

I suppose this verse is listed under "veil" in reference to the bit that says "and stay quiet in your houses" , 'veil' in this context means 'to segregate/separate'. Interestingly though, a translation from the same verse by Edip Yuksel is as below, (and the footnotes that explains the translation)

So, resuming with #5 is the surah Al Ahzab verse 32: (translation by Edip Yuksel)

"O wives of the prophet, you are not like any other women. If you are righteous, then do not speak too softly, lest those with disease in their hearts will move with desire; you shall speak in an honorable manner.*

[Footnote: Prophet Muhammad was one of the most successful political and military leaders in history. His revolutionary leadership in theology, philosophy, culture, economy and politics, put him on top of the list of a prominent Western historian, Michael Hart, in the "History's 100 Most Influential People." Muhammad received a great opposition from the oligarchy of the Meccan theocracy. He had also some opposition in his own city-state. Besides violent campaigns to eliminate him and his supporters, he would occasionally become the target of defamation
campaigns. Many conspired to embarrass and defame him through his wives. Indeed, this verse
distinguishes Muhammad's wives from other Muslim women. Muhammad's wives were asked to be more careful not to provide ammunition for the negative propaganda of regressive forces who wished to stop the progressive movement that started with the light of the Quran.]

Then, it continues with (33:33)

"You shall settle down in your homes, and do not be about like the olden days of ignorance. You shall hold the contact prayer, and contribute towards betterment, and obey God and His messenger. God wishes to remove any affliction from you, O people of the sanctuary, and to purify you completely."*

Footnote : One of the verbs in this verse can be understood in two ways, depending on the inclusion or exclusion of the letter W. Traditional commentators read it "wa QaRna" (and they should settle), derived from the root QRR, meaning to settle, sit down, etc. They translate the phrase as "sit in your homes." This translation followed by generalization of the instruction has been used as one of the reasons for why Muslim women should be confined in her homes. We prefer reading it as WaQaRna, which comes from the root WQR, which means acting in an
honorable, kind, and dignified manner. (See 48:9; 71:13). Our reading would not be accurate if the verb was spelled, QaRaRna, from the root QRR. (See7:143; 14:26,29; 22:5; 23:13; 27:61; 38:60; 40:39,64). It is evident that Muhammad's wives had their separate income and wealth.

6. In Surah Al Ahzab verse59;
"O Prophet! tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. "

or in an easier way to comprehend;

"O prophet, tell your wives, your daughters, and the wives of those who acknowledge that they should lengthen upon themselves their outer garments. That is better so that they would be recognized and not harmed. God is Forgiver, Compassionate."
(translation Edip Yuksel)

And that ladies and gentlemen, is just about all the verses pertaining to hijab/veil that one may find in the Quran.

In my perspective, should covering a woman's head is THAT important, as it is made to become what it is today, would it not make more sense that god would have mentioned and reiterated it in a few verses , like other redundant verses that God felt important to repeat in order to emphasize/reiterate His statements? So how did this escalated to the point that in some parts of the world, women are even killed for not covering their heads. It is not even mentioned once that women need to cover their heads in the Quran, and Quran is a complete reference as mentioned in the the surah 5:3,

"Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah; that which hath been killed by strangling, or by a violent blow, or by a headlong fall, or by being gored to death; that which hath been (partly) eaten by a wild animal; unless ye are able to slaughter it (in due form); that which is sacrificed on stone (altars); (forbidden) also is the division (of meat) by raffling with arrows: that is impiety. This day have those who reject Faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion. But if any is forced by hunger, with no inclination to transgression, Allah is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. "

and in Surah An Nahl:89;
"One day We shall raise from all Peoples a witness against them, from amongst themselves: and We shall bring thee as a witness against these (thy people): and We have sent down to thee a Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy, and Glad Tidings to Muslims"

and in Al An'am:37;
"There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end."

And God had emphasized that His guidance is the only guidance, as stated in
Al-Baqarah verse 120,
"Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion. Say: "The Guidance of Allah, that is the (only) Guidance," wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither Protector nor Helper against Allah.

Again, He was consistent in telling us who we should follow, in Al-A'raf: verse 2-3 :

[2] A Book revealed unto thee - so let thy heart be oppressed no more by any difficulty on that account - that with it thou mightest warn (the erring) and teach the Believers.
[3] Follow (O men!) the revelation given unto you from your Lord, and follow not, as friends, or protectors, other than Him. Little it is ye remember of admonition.

If one were to take a stroll on the streets of, say, Batu Feringgi, you cannot help but notice women clad in what we call as "purdah" walking around, never alone, most of the time with their presumably husbands who are busy looking at other women instead of the interesting goods sold in the little tents along both lanes. By their attitude and language (not to mention that signature perfume, basically bleaching my nostril hair), one can safely assume that they are from the middle east. As for the middle east women, I cannot decide whether to admire their tolerance/endurance towards the male manipulation, or to take pity on them. In Saudi Arabia, it is prohibited for women to drive, albeit, there are times when I'd loose my temper as I drive on the roads of KL, at that transient moment, I tend to agree with the Arabs, forgetting that I myself is a woman (trust me, I don't drive like a pussy, so to speak). Malaysian women tend to follow the Arabs, not understanding that the root reason to Arabs wearing purdah, is to cover themselves from dust storms. Their fashion sense never did evolved after that.

There was a time when Malaysians were into Purdah, especially during the Al Arqam era. I remember back in Uni, there was one night whereby I entered an elevator which had it's light blacked out. I remembered how my hair stood up when I heard soft whisperings the instance the door closed. That was the longest trip from ground floor to first floor that I've had in all my life because I thought I had turned into Joan of Ark, at the least, a price one has to pay for having good imagination. Of course it turned out to be my friends who were headed to the same lecture hall for our lecture, clad in full purdahs. They giggled as I told them they spooked me with the whisperings as I thought I've had a close encounter with the third kind....Needless to say, there were question marks on other students' faces as I arrived into the lecture hall, clad in my jeans and t-shirt, chatting with three "ninjas", as they were referred to, cruelly.

So where did this idea of purdah came from then? That is why you should read Syed Ali Akhbar's book "Things in Common" because that is where I learn the history of purdah. Apparently, the word "purdah" (means partition or seclusion) originated from an Indian word, at a time of Hindu Rajputs, which means a portion of a premise, a women's section where dancing girls, concubines and mistresses, are conveniently tucked away .(and we all thought all the ultimate fun happened in Moulin Rouge, just coz they made it into a blockbuster film!!). Here, these women can run around naked if they want to because it's a prohibited area with the exception of the Maharajas. So, when these, needless to say beautiful women go into town, they were clad in our famous "ninja suits" so as not to be recognized. Honestly, if you are a harlot, ( in a non political sense of it) would you want to be recognized?

What's the take home message then? We are all going to die at some point. Would we want to carve the fate of our after life with trusting words that we hear/listen from others, mouth to mouth without checking first? Everyone can say anything they like in the name of God, even killing innocent lives if need be, in order to attain self interests. But at the end of the day, we (individually) and only we alone will be doing the bit about answering to God, and no one else. Are we going be that gullible lot who fall into that category of "those who knows not and knows not he knows not - let's just follow what others' say ? I don't think that that is a wise idea. I suggest we all check the sources ourselves and where better place to check it than to refer back to the Quran, the words of God Himself? Perhaps, in the process, we may rediscover Islam, not as a deen (way of life) by chance, but as a deen by choice...........
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Monday, 9 February 2009

Long live Comedy!!!

Whilst the rest of the world is trying to stay afloat in the sea of recession, Malaysians are swimming in another kind of pool, which the political roller coaster that had derailed off track had ended up in, a pool of dung, adjacent to it.

Honestly, what is there needed to be said, that not have been said already. Everyone is "jeluak" or "meluat" with the current situation. NO, I'm not talking about Mawi, although, it is my view that he should give up his day job and try his luck in politics, he may end up like Schwarzenegger, the current governor of Carlifornia (land famous for carlifornication), since he can't sing, dance nor look all that good to be THAT popular. I'm talking about something less bewildering..... the Perak delinquency.

Apparently, party hopping is legal in our constitution, true. But it doesn't make it right. It's like, well, getting rich by way of illegallities. Of course I'm naive and idealistic, (albeit sometimes naive children are the ones who can see things at it's basic form...) but if being smart and realistic brings one to point of immorality, what good does that serve mankind? Is that what we want? To become what we detest and oppose? Why did we fight the incumbent government? Because they are corrupted with immoralities. If we do whatever it takes to win, regardless of compromising our morals, then what does that make us? Exactly. No better than what we fight against. Isn't that pointless? Winning does not mean victory. If we want to do something, do it with integrity, so that even our foe would respect us, whether quietly or not.

I'm sure even by now, Mak Semah from Kampung Jin Bertendang would have seen this video I've posted below, playing over and over in the media, to the delight of the incumbent government. I'm talking about the video on Karpal Singh's outpour regarding the comedy sitcom going on in Perak. For those of you who have not seen it, go ahead and have a listen.

Truth is, I tend to agree with Karpal in view of the moral aspect of the matter. To me, hopping parties is ridiculous and immoral. It's simple. A Menteri represents the sentiments of voters who got him to that position. What makes the Menteri thinks that it is okay for him to defect to another party, when that clearly becomes a misrepresentation of the voters. Have they forgotten this simple basic common sense?

As for the The Sultan of Perak, I'm surprised a former Federal Judge himself had put aside the sentiments of rakyat instead, substituted whoever he wishes to fill in the Menteri Besar, who was outsted because he refuse to dissolve the State Assembly later hold a bielection, which, clearly is the right thing to do. Further more, it turned out to be someone from BN, if this doesn't smell like rotten fish, I don't know what else to call it. Truly, the Sultan had let down the rakyat by his actions. He is, after all, supposedly to be the role model. Alas!!! This is the real world and reality bites, even though it shouldn't.

Where does this leave us with? A joke. That is what it is. Like that series "Senario", where there's a lot of slapsticks involved, cheap comedy. Honest to god, I wonder these people look at themselves in the mirror.

As for Anwar, only time will prove his rhetorics......As for the Malays who protested against Karpal to the call for the bringing the Sultan to the court of "justice", well, what do you expect them to say from people who believe in "Sawa Matang supremacy" a.k.a. ketuanan Melayu? Hang Tuah killed his loyal best friend for the Sultan who basically fucked his ass, and that made him a hero, what more can anyone say?

As for the rest of us, we should all hail the Sultan, "Daulat Tuanku, liwat duburku" .....because that is what we Malays do, we are polite people and we even say thank you to those who grease our anal cavity with sand paper....even more so if it is our king, who by the way, gets paid from a portion of the tax payers' money....remember those taxpayers who sit a long time in the traffic jam on the way to work and back home, working their ass off and hardly get to see the light of day? I swear by god, when these politicians quit, comedy will be deceased. But I suspect I will be laughing till my deathbed, while simultaneously clutching my chest from myocardial infarction if I were to watch the local news....

Thought I'd leave you with this song to hum along to help us through this drama. Can't find the proper video, as Timbaland have not made one yet.....

Oh well, here's the lyric, them nigger sound angry most of the time, they almost sound uncomprehensible when they sing....perhaps choking with all that anger...

Get Out, You Can't Be In Here, You Have To Get Out.
I Implore You, Please?.. Please?..
You All Going To Die Down Here...

It's Life Or Death, Either One,
The King Is Back, Take Heat And Run,
I Piss And Take A Shit On Ur Beef For Fun,
I Killed
The game, I Aint Even Used A Gun,
Who Better Than Me? Don't Make Me Laugh,
I Run This Shit,They Just Chase My Ass,
I Aint Talkin Shit Nigga, Just Tellin The Facts,
I Think All The Tracks Im Hearin
From Niggas Is Whack,
I Be Hearin These Niggas,
What They Say In They Rhymes,
I Took My Spot Nobody Gave Me Mine,
I Make The Beats That Boom Boom
Boom! In They Trunks,
U Disagree Homie Then Go On And Jump,
U Can Bump Ur Gum,
U Can Say What U Want,
Thats All U Gon Do Cuz Yall Niggas Is Punks,
Im Number One, U Aint Nuthin' But Shit,
When They Need A Hit Im Who They Gon' And Get,
Talk To Me...

If You Got Love For Me I Got Love For You,
If You Wont Fuck Wit Me I Wont Fuck Wichu,
We Can Do It Howeva U Wanna Do,
Nigga If U Dont Fuck Wit Me I Wont Fuck Wit U,
Gon' Head
Kill Yourself Kill Yourself Kill Yourself
Go Kill Yourself,
Kill Your Self Kill Yourself,
If I Was You I Would kill Myself,
Go Kill Your Self Kill Your Self
Kill Your Self Go Kill Yourself,
Kill Your Self Kill Your Self
If I Was You I Would kill Myself,

Im Tired Of Niggas, Niggas Is Tired,
U Aint A G, I See Bitch In Ur Eyes,
If U Close To Me, U Suposed To Be,
But Most Of U Rap Niggas Is Hoes To Me,
Wherever U From, The Question I Ask,
Is Do U Think I Give A Fuck, Riddle Me That,
Cuz In My Hood And you jump into hell And Back,
This industry Shit, To Hell Wit That,
I Seen Em Come, I Seen Em Go,
I Doubt If U Can Show Me Sum'in I Aint Seen Before,
Who Suposed To Be In Charge? I Need To Know,
When I Shake Ur Hand Ima Step On Ur Toe,
Go Getcha Gun, Go Getcha Click,
Imma Be Rite Here Chillin Wit Yo Bitch,
U Mad At Me? Cuz Im Gettin Rich,
Well Put The Pistol To Ur Head And
Empty The Clip, Pop Nigga!

See My Heart, Feel My Pain
Some Of Dese Stars, Some Is Lames,
How They Follow Little Trends To Get They Fame,
I Aint Snappin My Damn Fingers To Get In The Game,
U Claim U Rich, Show Me Son,
If U Got So Many Dollas Then Loan Me One,
Fools Think They Killas They Own A Gun,
When U No U Bout As Sweet As A Honey Bun,
Trash Ur Broads, Behind A Bar,
Like U Dat Dude Frontin Hard,
Vip Bands Dont Make U A Star,
Like We Really Still Dont No Who The Fuck U Are,
Dont Talk Behind My Back Just Call Me Nigga,
Move My Heart To The Side
Make Room To Forgive Ya
If U Still Wanna Hang, We'll Come To Get Ya,
Put The Rope Around Ur Neck And Jump My Nigga!

Your All Going To Die Down Here...
Get Out Get Out You Cant Be In Here...
You're All Going To Die Down Here..

Long live comedy!!!
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Saturday, 7 February 2009

Finale : SCIENTIFIC QURAN; How could we have missed it !!

I have talked about the Quranic verses implicating the genesis of the universe, and if you are one of those Star Trek nut, I'm sure you'd enjoy some of the discoveries regarding our universe, stated in the Quran, of which I'm going to take you through in this posting. I hope your brains have recovered from reading the previous posting.Mine is still sore.

The Black Hole:
Men have always been intrigued by Black Holes, some, any holes. But this Black Hole I'm talking about, is an abyss of a hole, the mother of all holes, click HERE then you can agree with me.

Above: Simulated view of a black hole in front of the Milky Way. The hole has 10 solar masses and is viewed from a distance of 600 km.

By the way, don't bother showing this picture to a Gynaecologist, they'd probably tell you that this hole have got way too many pathological problems on it.

Above: In Al-Waqi'a, Ayah 75 - 76:

" I do swear by the positions of the stars. This is an oath, if you only knew, that is

Mawaaqi'in nujuum, comprises of two words; "mawaaqi" (which according to Hans Wehr's "A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic"), originated from the word waqa'a that means "to fall down, drop , to tumble" and "nujuum" translates to "stars".

Could God had meant Black Hole when He said that? After all, a black hole was made from huge stars that exploded when it is time for them to do so, (why you think only the Gardenia bread have expiry dates?), the process is named Supernova and its remnants will fall into a mid line due to intense gravitational field of the star hence it will close in on itself , giving rise to an area with a gravitational force stronger than the attraction force of any Hollywood/Bollywood stars - Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Ashwarya Rai, Shah Rukh...ooops..I meant Datuk Shah Rukh Khan put together....basically, a Black Hole is the stars' graveyard.

When God described the Doom's day, or Qiamah, He said in At Takwir, Ayah 2 -6 ;

"When the stars fall, losing their lustre; When the mountains vanish (like a mirage); When the she-camels, ten months with young, are left untended; When the wild beasts are herded together (in human habitations); When the oceans boil over with a swell" , we can understand that when the stars fall, the temperature is not favorable to the making of a Baskin Robbin's Ice Cream. On the contrary, the word "...the oceans boil over with a swell" gives you the idea of how high the temperature is going to be. ..and then...BOOM!! Dooms Day....after all, the earth is a star. Actually, current scientists' belief indicates that black holes not only are places where the stars go to die, but also, it gives out new stars. Wow...a hole-in-one and beyond....

Planetary Nebula
As we've discussed earlier, regarding the stars and what happens when they die. No, they do not become Legends like Elvis Presley, instead, become black holes. But for stars that have less than two fold weight of the sun, they ended up as planetary nebula. They come in many forms, one in a form of rose.

Is it a coincidence or is it serendipity that we bump into this verse from the Quran ;

"Then, when the universe is torn, and turns like a rose-colored paint."
55:37 (Translation by Edip Yuksel).

In fact, there are many translations for this particular verse. Check them out HERE.
Imagine if God describe the whole big bang thingy in the Quran, I think Muhammad would have been burnt alive, even before he had a chance to scream the word "help!!".

For those who have not seen "Roswell" then "Unidentified Flying Object" may sound alien to them. But in Surah Ash-Shura Ayah29, God said,
"Parmi Ses preuves est la création des cieux et de la terre et des êtres vivants qu'Il y a disséminés. Il a en outre le pouvoir de les réunir quand Il voudra."

Of course He did not say it in French. Just checking to see if you're still with me. I repeat the above translation in English,

"And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the living creatures that He has scattered through them: and He has Power to gather them together when He wills."

The word "daabbah" according to Hamka means "creatures that crawl, or walk using the feet". But frankly, what makes us human think that there could be no other lifeforms in the galaxy, just because we have not actually seen one...or so it seems. Just because there is something that cannot be perceived by our 5 senses, (which btw we humans come up with that #5), it doesn't mean that that something does not exist. How arrogant are we to think that we are the only "intelligent" lifeform God had created. Killing each other using God's religion is not exactly intelligent is it?

Of course many of us have watched through the years stories about UFO sightings. Funny though, stories of this kind do not emerge from Malaysia. I thought about it and came up with the reasons why Malaysians do not have any report on UFO sightings; (oh please allow me to digress a little)

1. Because Malaysians hardly spend time outside in their gardens relaxing and gazing the stars. No time because by the time we get through the traffic jam caused mainly by the toll and the confusing signboards that ultimately lead us back to another toll, all we want to do is go home and chill in the house.

2. Even if we do encounter UFOs, we will insist they are ghosts, and we will run to the bomoh for help because the local police is hopeless and will come 2 light years later

3. Air Asia is dominating our air with it's irresistable cheap flights...too many traffic and not condusive for the aliens to float in the busy air traffic.

4. The intelligent lifeforms are intelligent enough to stay away from us Malaysians....

5. All of the above (which is what I personally suspect to be true)

So there you go. Not only I've listed some of the numerous verses in the Quran that hints scientific values, I've also thrown in a list of why Malaysians do not have any UFO sightings, as a sidetrack bonus. In conclusion, there are many verses in the Quran that has a science odour. Alas! Humans are less interested in emphasizing constructive aspect of any book of God, instead, spend all the energy in using them as a tool for self interest and gain. For instance, surah like,

"And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith." (Al Baqarah: 191)
is sometimes misinterpreted and used to justify war in the name of God, yet the fact that this verse is sandwiched by two verses 190 and 192

"Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors." (2:190)


"But if they cease, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (2:192)

Clearly God meant fight in self defense. Nothing said about spreading Islam by means of terror, far less mentioned regarding the death of innocent civilians, especially children. If only the Muslims had spent time in self development and digging mysterious verses in the Quran that may have led to brea through scientific and mathematical discoveries, history of Islam may have painted a less sad picture than what it is today.

I will stop here with my scientific Quran. I may as well write a book should I resume writing. On a personal note, Science and Mathematics have always intrigued me because, deciphering the nature, brings me closer to it's Creator. When I study how the universe runs on such a well kept, well balanced system, in precision, it never fails to leave me awed, followed by an impending ultimate admiration for such brilliance.

"Soon will We show them Our Signs in the (furthest) regions (of the earth), and in their own souls, until it becomes manifest to them that this is the Truth. Is it not enough that thy Lord doth witness all things? "

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