19 September 2008

Sand and stone

Two friends Ismael and Ibrahim were walking through the desert, as the sun was beating down on their heads, and they were thirsty for water they began to argue. The argument got more and more heated and eventually Ismael struck Ibrahim across the face. Ibrahim felt hurt inside, but without anything to say, he wrote in the sand:

"Today, my best friend slapped me in the face."

They kept on walking, until eventually they came across an oasis, where they decided to stop and bathe. Ibrahim jumped in and began to wash, while Ismael sat back and relaxed. Suddenly Ibrahim began to scream and shout, he had developed a cramp and was having difficulty keeping his head above water, he was drowning.

Ismael dived in after him, and brought him gently to shore. When Ibrahim recovered from the shock, he scratched a message on a nearby stone:

"Today, my best friend saved my life"

Ismael who had saved and slapped his best friend Ibrahim, asked him, "Why, after I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now you write on a stone?"

Ibrahim, smiled and replied:
"When a friend hurts us, we should write his deeds in the sand, where the winds of forgiveness can blow it away, and when a friend does something good, we should engrave it in stone, where it shall remain for eternity."
"Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant (i.e. don't punish them). If a suggestion from Satan assails your mind, seek refuge with Allah; for He heareth and knoweth (all things)"
[al-A'raf, 7:199-200]

13 September 2008

Adab2 di jalan raya

Saya, dan juga beberapa rakan yang lain, seperti mana rata-rata lepasan SPM yang lain baru sahaja mendapatkan lesen P. Alhamdulillah, lepas ni tak perlu lagi berdepan dengan pakcik JPJ yang kerek. Ya, kerek.

Namun bagi pemandu-pemandu baru sekalian, di sini terdapat beberapa adab di jalan raya yang harus dipatuhi bersama. Kenapa? Senang sahaja. Kerana kita hidup bermasyarakat, perlu menjaga hak orang lain juga, perlu memikirkan orang lain juga.

Baik, baca betul-betul! Jika anda merupakan seorang pengguna jalan raya :
  1. Hendaklah memandu dengan kelajuan yang sepatutnya. Tak terlalu laju, tak terlalu perlahan. Fikirkan kemungkinan pemandu di belakang anda sedang sakit perut, maka perlu segera pulang mengunjungi jamban di rumah. Adab ini khas untuk pemandu-pemandu perempuan di luar sana, terutama pemandu India.
  2. Jika anda membawa motorsikal, perlu diingatkan bahawa anda perlu membawa motorsikal anda di tepi lorong jalan, bukan di tengah-tengah. Kami pemandu kereta [dan lain-lain juga] sangat bengkek dengan pemandu motorsikal yang memandu di jalan seolah-olah bapak dia yang punya.
  3. Jika anda ingin memotong, atau membelok kiri atau kanan, atau menukar lane, maka gunalah signal yang disediakan oleh pengeluar kenderaan anda. Bukan ikut-suka-bapak-akulah ye.
  4. Anda diingatkan agar mengelakkan 'double park'. Ya, anda sekejap sahaja. Tapi sekejap anda tidak seperti sekejap orang lain. Misalnya sekejap saya paling-paling pun setengah jam, sekejap anda mungkin 3 jam. Bergantung kepada individu. Kalau mahu juga, sila beli jalan tersebut dan labelkan, "INI JALAN BAPAK AKU YANG PUNYA." Boleh?
  5. Sekiranya ada pemandu yang mulia hatinya memberi anda laluan, hendaklah anda mengangkat tangan dan melambai kecil, tanda penghargaan anda. Tak susah, ramai lelaki boleh buat ini, maka perempuan juga boleh.
  6. Sekiranya anda mempunyai masalah pendengaran akibat lanjut usia misalnya, dinasihatkan anda mengelakkan memandu kereta, lagi-lagi teksi. Kerana mungkin apabila pelanggan anda meminta anda membelok kanan, anda terpinga-pinga dan akhirnya terlajak. Menyusahkan orang, ya. Saya yang menggunakan perkhidmatan anda mengehendaki khidmat yang efisien.
Kepada anda yang membaca ini, silalah tambah lagi apa-apa yang patut. Oh ya, bukan niat saya untuk bersikap rasis, kerana saya bukanlah seorang ADUN UMNO. Apa yang saya catatkan hanya berniat untuk menyampaikan kebenaran.

Saya juga bukan seorang seksis, bak kata Anita bila-kau-nak-taubat Sarawak, dan umum mengetahui lelaki lebih baik dalam pemanduannya. Sekali lagi, saya hanya menyampaikan kebenaran.

Wallahu 'alam.

11 September 2008

A true test of patience!

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah,


Ah! What a day indeed. I'll say, if Allah would ever wanted to talk directly to me on this particular day for any reason at all, it would be, "Art thou be patient enough to enter my heaventh?"

Of course, this is only hypothetically speaking. Never such thing would've happen to someone like myself. Or even you, for that matter.

Still, today was such a day, if I have to give myself a score for my fasting today, it wouldn't surprise me if I just made it through 40 over a hundred, and that's saying something. My already hot-tempered head along with lack of patience were put on a very challenging test. A test where only the purest of heart shall pass.

Sad to say I failed miserably.

It all started at about 900 in the morning. Today I decided to visit the nearest HSBC branch to open an account to be used for my convenience during my study years in Egypt, insyaAllah. Boy, being the only choice and cheapest banking service available in Mansoura, it is either this or 20 pounds every time I need to withdraw some money.

0930 Arrived at HSBC Lebuh Ampang branch, being the first customer of the day. Didn't bring letter of offer from university. Application to open account rejected.

1000 Hurried home to retrieve the offer letter. Arrived at LRT W.Maju, held a taxi. The taxi driver was an old man, can barely hear. Ignored my instruction to turn left. Had to walk about 10 minutes under hot sun. Cursing under my breath. Annoying school kids called me 'abang'.

1045 Hurried back to HSBC Lebuh Ampang branch, just outside of LRT Masjid Jamek. Took a ticket, after discussed with Miss Rohaida [I think], she recommended me to open a join account with a relative. Asked me to go home and rethink. Temper reaching dangerous boiling point. I'm exhausted and thirsty, woman! Accepted her idea and called Mother. She asked me to come home, so that we can go together by car. If only she is not my mother...

1130 Arrived at LRT Setiawangsa. Mother already waited outside station. Drove to Kuala Lumpur via AKLEH, arrived at Sultan Ismail Road, which was packed with vehicles. Inched my way through, after arrived at Masjid Jamek, road finally cleared out. Parked just outside the bank [thank God]. Mother talked to Miss Pearl Lim, and apparently one doesn't necessarily need to open a joint account if he is going to study abroad. It seemed like I just wasted over an hour worrying about this matter.

1400 Everything finally done. What a long day indeed.

All in all, I've wasted too long going to and fro from my house to Masjid Jamek, for nothing at all. Four times I boarded the LRT, twice I held a taxi. One of them made me feel not to use taxi ever again. In the end, I had to drive instead, and that would be so much easier in the first place.
"Seek help in patience and prayer; and truly it is hard save for the humble-minded,"
[2 : 45]

03 September 2008


Basic definition :
  1. The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
  2. An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
  3. A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect.
Irony is a form of expression in which an implicit meaning is concealed or contradicted by the explicit meaning of the expression. Irony involves the perception that things are not what they are said to be or what they seem. Irony is a matter of a perceived disconnection between words and real attitude or values of the speaker. Dramatic irony lies in the audience's deeper perceptions of a coming fate, which contrast with a character's ignorance.

H. W. Fowler, in Modern English Usage, had this to say of irony:

Irony is a form of utterance that postulates a double audience, consisting of one party that hearing shall hear and shall not understand, and another party that, when more is meant than meets the ear, is aware, both of that more and of the outsider's incomprehension.

A sort of humor, ridicule, or light sarcasm, which adopts a mode of speech the meaning of which is contrary to the literal sense of the words.
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