Saturday, December 04, 2010

Pandai Bahasa

Untuk menipu, kita perlukan bantuan pakar-pakar bahasa. Akhbar harian menonjolkan contoh yang sempurna sekali;




SUBSIDI PETROL, DIESEL. GULA, LPG DIKURANGKAN ESOK ( Berita Harian)

Subsidi bagi petrol RON95 dan diesel dikurangkan sebanyak 5 sen seliter, Gas Cecair Petroleum (LPG) sebanyak 5 sen sekilogram dan gula sebanyak 20 sen sekilogram mulai esok.

Berikutan penyelarasan jumlah subsidi itu, harga petrol RON95 kini ialah RM1.90 seliter, diesel RM1.80 seliter, LPG RM1.90 sekilogram dan gula RM2.10 sekilogram.

Subsidi bahan api, gula diselaras (Utusan Malaysia)

KUALA LUMPUR 3 Dis. - Kerajaan hari ini mengumumkan pengurangan subsidi sebanyak lima sen bagi setiap liter petrol RON 95 dan diesel, lima sen setiap kilogram (kg) bagi Gas Asli Cecair (LPG) dan 20 sen sekilogram bagi gula berkuat kuasa esok.
Berikutan pengurangan subsidi itu, harga petrol RON95 adalah RM1.90 seliter, diesel RM1.80 seliter, LPG RM1.90 satu kg dan gula RM2.10 satu kg.
Pengumuman tentang rasionalisasi subsidi itu dibuat melalui kenyataan bersama Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan dan Unit Pengurusan Prestasi dan Pelaksanaan (Pemandu), Jabatan Perdana Menteri.
Menurut kenyataan itu, penyelarasan harga runcit bagi semua barangan berkenaan di Malaysia masih rendah berbanding negara jiran Indonesia, Singapura dan Thailand.
Sebagai contoh, petrol RON95 berharga RM2.46 seliter di Indonesia, RM4.36 di Singapura dan RM4.25 di Thailand, manakala harga diesel pula RM2.50 seliter di Indonesia, RM3.18 di Singapura dan RM2.96 di Thailand.
Harga LPG pula RM2 bagi satu kg di Indonesia, RM6.42 di Singapura dan RM1.93 di Thailand, manakala harga gula RM3.50 bagi satu kg di Indonesia, RM3.80 di Singapura dan RM2.80 di Thailand.
Langkah pertama program rasionalisasi subsidi dilaksanakan pada 16 Julai apabila subsidi bagi petrol RON95 petrol dan diesel dikurangkan sebanyak lima sen seliter, 10 sen bagi satu kg untuk LPG dan 25 sen bagi satu kg gula.
Menurut kenyataan itu lagi, rasionalisasi subsidi perlu dilakukan kerana kerajaan mendapati ia perlu terus mengurus kedudukan fiskalnya dengan cara meningkatkan jumlah kutipan hasil dan pada masa sama, mengurangkan perbelanjaan.
Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP) bertujuan meningkatkan per kapita Pendapatan Dalam Negara Kasar (PDNK) kepada AS$15,000 menjelang 2020, tambah kenyataan itu.
Untuk mencapai sasaran tersebut, Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) perlu berkembang sekurang-kurangnya enam peratus setahun bagi membolehkan hasil yang diperoleh kerajaan meningkat melalui kutipan cukai.
Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP) dilaksanakan untuk menangani isu dalam enam Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA) dan daripada enam bidang itu, NKRA mengenai kemiskinan, infrastruktur asas luar bandar dan pendidikan awal dengan jelas memberi kesan terhadap 40 peratus penduduk peringkat bawah di negara ini, tambah kenyataan itu.
Sebagai contoh, sejak Januari tahun ini, kerajaan telah membina 538 km jalan luar bandar, 260 peratus lebih banyak berbanding tahun lepas, membuka 1,358 kelas prasekolah yang memberi manfaat kepada 54,569 kanak-kanak dan mengurangkan jumlah isi rumah miskin tegar sebanyak 55 peratus.
Kenyataan itu turut menegaskan bahawa di bawah GTP, kerajaan memberi keutamaan terhadap kebajikan golongan miskin. - Bernama



Bahasa yang digunapakai ialah 'pengurangan subsidi', 'rasionalisasi', penyelarasan harga. Tiada sepatah haram pun perkataan 'naik harga' digunakan.

Agak-agaknya nak menipu makcik-makcik FELDA ataupun nak kelentong rakyat yang tak pandai membaca?

Friday, November 05, 2010

On Hajj and The Two Sanctuaries




We'll be welcoming the month of Zulhijjah, all praise to ALlah!

Of course when we mentioned the blessed month, we'll always remember the ibada of Hajj (major pilgrimage) and the two sacred land, Makkah and Tayba (Madinah). I watched few programmes on RTM about pilgrimage this year. I hope I can be one of the selected few people that are honored to be the guest of ALlah, visiting His sacred sanctuaries.

Last year, somebody told me about 'Hajj' Medical team send by KKM to work in Makkah during hajj season. I filled the form, but never return it back. What a mistake! One of my close friend was selected to go this year!

For all future 'Haji' and 'Hajah', I would like wish them well and may ALlah SWT accepted your Hajj (mabrur) and may all of you return in good health with increased iman and taqwa.

Please remember that Makkah and Madinah are not like ordinary town or city or any land in this universe. They are not owned by anybody except Allah SWT. Some scholars advise us to treat the two sanctuaries like our mother. Love and respect the land like the Prophet did.

Once, Ottoman Empire ruled over Arabia. The great Sultan Selim I annexed the Memluks of Egypt and automatically, he became the ruler of Haramayn. Selim I did not take control of Makkah and Madinah by force. After the Memluks defeat, Sharif Barakat, the governor of Makkah and a vassal of Memluks sultan expressed his allegiance to Selim I. He sent his son, Abu Numay to deliver keys of Makkah and Madinah, as well as the sacred relics, belonging to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him!) to the pious sultan.

Abu Numay was welcomed ceremoniously in Cairo on Friday, July 3, 1517. Three days later Sultan Selim received him personally. The governor of Makkah, Sharif Barakat was allowed to keep his post and the sultan honoured him by presenting him with a valuable robe. Even though Hijaz became a province of Ottoman state, its flag was not flown over the fortress at Makkah and Madinah, out of respect for Ka'ba and the Prophet. Centuries later, the Ottoman flag was flown in the two cities for diplomatic purposes; in Madinah during the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz and in Makkah during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.
The 220-year old al-Ajyad Fottress built by the Ottoman to defend Makkah, demolished by Saudi government in 2002


The Turks continued to show love and reverence to the two cities. Hijaz was continued to be ruled by commanders from Ahl-Bayt families, but they were appointed in Istanbul. An officer was sent from the Ottoman capital to help administer the province but they were called 'muhafiz' (guard) rather than governors.

So, what we can understand now is;
  1. Ottoman Empire was not the conqueror of Haramayn. They are the 'guard' or 'khadim'
  2. They are not interested to exercise authority over the two Sanctuaries, except for the benefits of all Muslim. The two cities were ruled autonomously by Sharif families.

During the First World War, with the threat from British and the rise of Wahabism, the Ottoman felt that they were unable to defend the Holy Sanctuaries. Decision was made to evacuate the city of Makkah and Madinah. For centuries, the Sultans and their royal families from Istanbul had been sending gifts for the two Holy Mosques in Hijaz. To prevent loss and damage (and looting), the relics were all transferred to Istanbul, now safe in the Chamber of Sacred Relics (Hirka-i Saadet Dairesi) in Topkapi Palace.

Perhaps we can feel and sense the love and reverence showed by the Ottoman Turks that time regarding the two cities. One of the lieutenant of the Ottoman army, Idris Sabri who was involved in the evacuation process wrote a beatiful poem, reflecting the feelings of the soldiers defending the cities.


You Are Our Master in Both World

You were a ruler; we came under your command
You are our king; promised from eternity
We were just a few, we have realized our goal with you
You are our Sultan in both worlds

We have forgotten our past kings
You are the pupil of our eyes
Forgive us our mistake, o intercessor
For the sake of our thousand-year strive

We have transgressed much, no good deeds we have
We have become spoiled, counting on your nearness
We are rich at heart but not covetous
A morsel for your intercession would suffice for us

Almost no one will listen to, alas!
Our wish so pure
In spite of your illiteracy, O Messenger of God
You are the only one to read our heart


Rosewater flasks have dried
Our tears haven't stopped; mercy!
The cinders of incense burners have cooled
Hearts are burning with your love

No poets of ours like Labid, or Hassan
And no poem do we have like Burda or Mu'allaqa
Except for history written,
By the Ottomans with rubies in red.

Cannot live without you, the children of Ertugrul
Turks will give up their lives but not the beloved
We are eternally servants of Haramayn
Even if we die, our souls will guard your tomb!

(From The Book of Sacred Trust)


May all of us have the same love and feelings for the Prophet and for our Holy cities like what shown by our Ottoman brothers hundred years ago.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Merapi dan Kraton Yogjakarta


26 Oktober lalu, Gunung Merapi meletus lagi di Pulau Jawa. Korbannya seorang wanita, Mbah Maridjan dan sekarang mangsa letusan sudah meningkat naik melebihi 300 nyawa. Takziah kepada warga Indonesia yang kehilangan ahli keluarga kerana 'amarah' Gunung Merapi.

Bagi yang tidak mengenal Merapi, gunung berapi paling aktif di dunia ini letaknya di persempadanan Jawa Tengah dan kota Yogjakarta. Apa yang menarik, meskipun kota Yogjakarta terletak tidak begitu jauh dari gunung ini, kota Yogjakarta seolah-olah 'terpelihara' daripada bahana asap letusan Merapi. Berita yang aku baca hari ini mengingatkan aku kepada kota kebudayaan Jawa ini.

"ALTHOUGH Mount Merapi is only 30km from Yogyakarta, its 400,000-strong population is going about business as usual.
The Javanese believe that they are protected by divine powers from the kraton, or sultan's palace, which is located in the city centre.

The city was built on land that was formerly the sultan's sole domain and, as absurd as it may seem, this belief has some strong points to support it.

Despite its proximity to Mount Merapi, ashes from the volcano eruptions, which started on Tuesday, have not reached the city -- yet.
Local media reported that ashes from Mount Merapi had fallen in Semarang, 100km from the volcano. Ashes have also fallen on Cilicap, 250km from Mount Merapi and at the Borobodur temple, which is hours away by car from Yogyakarta.

"Yogyakarta city has been blessed for years by the divine power of the kraton. Even during Mount Merapi's eruption in 2006, no ashes fell here," said Trihandono, 37, adding that certain rituals had to be followed to keep the disaster at bay.

This time around, Trihandono said they had to cook and eat 17 types of vegetable dishes. "

Berita ini memetik kenyataan penduduk yang percaya bahawa kota tersebut dilindungi kerana keistimewaan pada Kraton atau istana Kesultanan Yogjakarta. Yogjakarta adalah bandar yang agak istimewa di Indonesia. Ini kerana wilayah ini adalah satu-satunya provinsi yang diberikan keistimewaan untuk diketuai oleh seorang Sultan atau raja.

Kerajaan Yogjakarta adalah serpihan daripada kerajaan Hindu Mataram yang pernah tegak di Jawa Tengah. Candi Borubodur adalah manifestasi kegagahan empayar Hindu ini.



Pada tahun kurun ke 18, berlaku peperangan saudara di antara Putera Mangkubumi, pewaris kerajaan Mataram dan saudaranya Pakubuwono II. Mangkubumi lebih muda daripada saudaranya Pakubuwono. Antara sebab utama penentangan Mangkubumi terhadap Pakubuwono ialah kerana abangnya bersekongkol dengan Belanda (Syarikat Hindia Timur Belanda: V.O.C) untuk menjadikan tanahair mereka sebagai tempat eksploitasi sumber bumi dan hamba abdi. Pada zaman tersebut, hamba-hamba dari Jawa dieksport ke negara-negara jajahan Belanda seperti Surinam untuk tujuan ekonomi.

Mangkubumi yang tidak sanggup berkompromi dengan dasar-dasar memperhambakan pribumi lantas bangkit dan menyusun strategi memerangi abangnya sendiri. Dibantu oleh Raden Mas Said, Mangkabumi memenangi beberapa siri pertempuran di Demak, Grobogan, dan Bogowonto. Pakubuwono mati pada tahun 1749 dan pada tahun 1751, tentera Belanda di bawah De Clerk ditumpaskan di Bogowonto. Mangkubumi menjadi raja dan mengambil gelaran Hamengkubuwono I.

Kejayaan dan keberanian sang putera ini menjadikan Sultan Yogjakarta dan waris keluarganya satu simbol perlawanan dan perjuangan menentang kaum penjajah. Mereka dihormati dan disayangi hinggalah sekarang. Bahkan, atas dasar inilah kerajaan Indonesia mengurniakan status 'Special Region' kepada Yogjakarta. Keluarga diraja masih berperanan besar dalam pentadbiran dan pemerintahan wilayah ini.


Jika ke Yogjakarta,Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat masih utuh. Jika dibandingkan dengan istana-istana kesultanan lain di Timur Jauh atau Eropah, Kraton ini nampak sangat 'simple.' Tiada mahligai atau barang kemasan mewah yang keterlaluan. Tidak seluas Versailles di Paris atau semewah Dolmabahce di pinggir Bosphorus. Tidak juga 'segila' istana Neuschwanstein milik Raja Ludwig di tengah Bavaria.Istana ini mungkin membayangkan peribadi keluarga diraja Yogjakarta yang begitu rapat dengan rakyat jelata.

Mudah-mudahan Allah SWT mengurniakan keselamatan kepada saudara-saudara kita di Indonesia daripada malapetaka seperti gempa bumi, letusan gunung berapi atau tsunami.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Darul Mustafa Malaysia

Hari ini, aku berjumpa dengan teman dan guru, Ustaz Fauzi Hadrami di HKL. Sudah beberapa tahun tidak berjumpa, sepatutnya banyak perkara yang mahu dibualkan. Tapi aku terpaksa bergegas untuk ke ICU kerana kerja yang masih tidak berkesudahan.

Dalam masa yang singkat itu, kami sempat juga bertanya-tanya khabar. Beliau kini di KUIS, jadi tenaga pengajar. Kami sempat berbual tentang kedatangan Habib Umar ke tanahair tempoh hari.Semasa kemuncak sambutan Haul Imam Haddad di Shah ALam, Ustaz Fauzi tidak hadir. Beliau menceritakan bahawa pada sebelah siangnya, Habib Umar dan beberapa anak muridnya bermesyuarat tentang satu agenda yang sangat penting: penubuhan Madrasah Darul Mustafa di Malaysia.

Buat masa sekarang, madrasah ini akan berteduh sementara di Madras an-Nur sebelum lokasi dan bangunan sebenar madrasah didirikan. Yang paling penting, para Habaib dan Masyaikh dari Yaman akan dibawa untuk menjadi tenaga pengajar di sana kelak. Di Malaysia, memang terdapat banyak sekolah-sekolah pondok dan madrasah-madrasah tradisional. Kebanyakannya di negeri Kelantan, Kedah, Pualau Pinang dan Perak. Sistem pengajian pula, terutama di Kelantan mengikut acuan pondok-pondok di Fathani Darul Salam. Pengaruh madrasah-madrasah di Mekah juga begitu ketara memandangkan kebanyakan tok guru pondok mendapat pendidikan formal di sana.

Penubuhan Madrasah Darul Mustafa ini diharapkan akan mengeratkan lagi hubungan keilmuan dan keimanan umat Islam Malaysia dengan saudara-saudara kita di Yaman, khususnya Hadhramawt. Tidak dapat disangkal lagi, Islam tersebar ke Nusantara dengan kegigihan alim ulama dan saudagar dari Tanah Arab, terutamanya dari Yaman sejak sebelum zaman Kesultanan Melayu Melaka lagi. Oleh itu, tidak hairanlah umat Islam di Malaysia bermazhab Shafi'i dan mengikut mazhab aqidah Imam Asha'ari, seperti umat Islam di Hadramawt. Madrasah Darul Mustafa ini diharap dapat menawarkan ruang alternatif dalam pendidikan Islam secara tradisional seperti model sebenarnya di Tarim, Hadramawt. Pembukaannya pasti ditunggu-tunggu oleh para pecinta ilmu dan ulama di tanahair.

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Ustaz Fauzi kini akan membuka satu kelas pengajian di Kuala Lumpur.
Selepas musim haji, beliau akan mengajar di masjid/pusat tahfiz yang terletak di belakang bangunan NAZA di Kg Baru.
Ada beberapa kitab yang akan diajar (masih dalam pertimbangan):

1) Hadith: Kitab Sahih Bukhari
2) Tasawwuf: Minhaj Abidin oleh Imam Ghazali
3) Fiqh: Minhaj at-Talibin oleh Imam Nawawi.

Bagaimanapun, pengajian ini disasarkan untuk para imam atau kiyai yang sudah ada 'basic ' dalam pengajian Islam. Kitab 'Minhaj Talibin' misalnya, adalah kitab fiqh mazhab Shafi'i peringkat tinggi. Kelas akan diadakan hari Jumaat malam Sabtu. Mudah-mudahan diberikan taufiq oleh Allah SWT untuk hadir nanti!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Haul Imam Haddad 2010

Tempoh hari, aku ke Masjid Negeri di Shah Alam. Ada sambutan Haul Imam Haddad. Cuba juga mencari-cari teman atau kenalan yang mungkin hadir ke sambutan tersebut. Malangnya aku tenggelam dalam ribuan manusia yang hadir bagi memperingati 'Qutb al-Irsyad' ini. Tahun ini sudah masuk tahun ke-9 majlis haul sebegini diadakan di Malaysia. Masya Allah, from very humble beginning, sambutan untuk mengenang ulama besar dari Hadramawt ini sudah mencapai momentum yang agak besar jika dilihat pada skala penganjuran pada tahun ini. Tahniah kepada organisasi Hawi al-Khairat yang merupakan badan utama penganjuran ini.

Ketika aku duduk di dalam masjid, salah seorang hadirin menghulurkan cenderahati untuk majlis itu, buku kecil yang mengandungi riwayat, qasida, wirid dan beberapa nukilan Imam Haddad. Selain Habib Kazim as-Saqqaf dan Habib Umar bin Salim bin Hafiz, beberapa masyaikh dan Habaib dari Indonesia turut hadir. Mufti Singapura, Syed Isa Semait (abang kepada al-marhum Syed Ahmad Semait) turut kelihatan. Agak malang kerana bilangan hadiran yang begitu ramai dan bersesak-sesak, aku langsung tidak dapat menghampiri mana-mana Habaib yang menjadi tetamu pada malam itu. Sayang sekali..

Di bawah adalah transkrip kuliah tetamu utama pada malam itu, Habib Umar bin Hafiz



Segala puji bagi Allah Tuhan Sekalian Alam yang telah menjadikan hubungan hakikat kita dengan Allah Ta’ala terkait dengan hati kita dan roh kita. Seperti yang dijelaskan baginda saw, “Sesungguhnya Allah Ta’ala tidak melihat hambanya pada jasadnya tetapi pada hatinya. Salawat dan salam kita hadiahkan kepada seorang yang menjadi pintu mengenalkan kita kepada Allah Ta’ala iaitu Junjungan Besar Rasulullah saw berserta para hali keluarga dan para sahabatnya.
Hadirkanlah hati-hati kalian agar hati kalian dipandang Allah Ta’ala ketika kita sedang mengenang seorang imam yang sangat berjasa dalam usaha membersihkan hati-hati manusia untuk mengenal kepada Allah Ta’ala. Dan renungkanlah, kalau bukan kerana kedudukannya di sisi Allah Ta’ala yang cukup tinggi itu sudah tentu kita tidak berhimpun di sini untuk meraikannya. Kalau bukan kerana keimanan dan kecintaan kepadanya sudah tentu kita tidak duduk membaca ratib dan zikir yang disusun oleh imam yang riwayat hidupnya disebut malam ini.
Ketahuilah bahawa zikir adalah lafaz dari lisan kita. Al-Imam al-Haddad yang riwayat hidupnya disebut malam adalah merupakan hamba Allah yang mempunyai keistimewaan tersendiri. Begitu juga dengan masjid seperti yang ada pada hari ini adalah merupakan binaan yang mempunyai keistimewaan tersendiri. Ketahuilah bahawa semua makhluk adalah merupakan tempat yang boleh menjadi hubungan yang menyampaikan cinta kita kepada Allah Ta’ala. Nabi saw ada bersabda bahawa Rukun Iman itu ada enam. Empat daripadanya adalah terkait dengan hubungan harta-harta Allah Ta’ala. Iman bermakna kita beriman kepada Allah Ta’ala. Walau bagaimanapun jika dia mengaku beriman kepada Allah tetapi pada masa yang sama dia mendustakan salah satu dari rukun iman yang lain maka jadilah ia orang yang kafir dan kekal di dalam neraka.
Seorang Yahudi datang bertemu Rasulullah saw dan bertanya kepada baginda saw, “Siapakah yang telah menyampaikan wahyu kepadamu?”
Lalu dijawab Rasulullah saw, “Jibril”.
Lalu Yahudi itu berkata, “Dia itu musuh kepada kami”.
Maka Allah menurunkan wahyu dengan maksudnya, “Katakanlah wahai Muhammad, barangsiapa yang memusuhi Allah dan malaikat, Rasul-Rasul Allah, Jibril dan Mikail maka mereka adalah musuh-musuh Allah dan golongan kafir”.
Permusuhan mereka kepada Jibril bererti mereka juga adalah musuh kepada Allah. Allah tidak akan menerima iman orang-orang yang memusuhi para malaikat dan Rasul-Rasul Allah. Iman mereka langsung tidak membawa manfaat. Dalam satu hadith Qudsi yang diriwayat Imam Bukhari, Allah berfirman bahawa barangsiapa memusuhi wali-wali Aku maka Aku mengisytiharkan peperangan ke atasnya”. Para ulama menyatakan bahawa sesiapa yang terkena musibah kerana memusuhi wali Allah tidak mungkin akan mati dalam keadaan Islam. Mana mungkin ia akan mendapatkan keamanan dalam hidupnya apabila ia diperangi Allah Ta’ala.
Wahai sekalian kaum mukminin yang hadir, sesungguhnya hakikat keimanan kita kepada Allah Ta’ala boleh terjalin melalui hamba-hamba yang dekat dengan Allah Ta’ala.
Nabi Yaakub as berkata kepada anak-anaknya ketika baginda as berhadapan dengan sakaratul maut, “Apakah yang akan kamu sembah selepas aku mati?”
Kata anak-anaknya, “Kami akan menyembah Tuhan ayah kami, Tuhan Nabi Ishak dan Tuhan Nabi Ismail”.
Kenapa anak-anaknya menyebut nama Nabi-Nabi ini padahal kesemua Nabi-Nabi bertuhankan kepada Tuhan yang satu iaitu Allah Ta’ala? Ini adalah kerana nama Nabi-Nabi ini memberi kesan kepada mereka untuk mendekatkan diri kepada Allah Ta’ala. Tidak mungkin tauhid kita menjadi sempurna jika kita putuskan hubungan kita dengan para anbiya dan para wali Allah. Seseorang yang tidak belajar dengan betul dan tidak mempunyai sanad mungkin akan terkeliru dan tidak tahu membezakan pengagungan terhadap orang-orang yang di agungkan Allah dengan orang-orang yang diagungkan oleh orang musyrik. Orang-orang musyrik mengambil keberkatan berhala yang disembahnya sedangkan perbuatan ini adalah batil. Sedangkan para sahabat mengambil keberkatan baginda saw menerusi sisa-sisa air wuduk baginda saw sehinggakan ada sahabat mengambil pula sisa air itu dari sahabat yang lain apabila tidak berkesempatan mendapatkannya dari baginda saw. Sepertimana kisah Nabi Yusuf as yang memberikan gamisnya kepada ayahandanya Nabi Yaakub as. Ayahandanya yang buta itu dapat melihat semula sebaik sahaja meletakkan gamis milik Nabi Yusuf itu ke wajahnya. Kaum musyrikin sujud kepada berhala tanda mereka sekutukan makhluk. Sebaliknya para malaikat sujud kepada Nabi Adam manakala Nabi Yaakub as beserta ahli keluarganya sujud kepada Nabi Yusuf bukanlah bermakna tujuan mengagungkan makhluk sebaliknya ia adalah perintah Allah.Iblis tidak sujud kepada Nabi Adam namun ia tidak memberi manfaat kepada Iblis kerana ia melanggar perintah Allah.
Dalam Sahih Bukhari ada diceritakan tentang peninggalan jubah milik Rasulullah saw yang disimpan oleh isterinya, Maimunah ra. Kata Maimunah ra, “Saya membersihkannya manakala airnya saya berikan kepada orang-orang sakit untuk menyembuhkannya”.
Maka disini hendaklah kita menyedari dan mengetahui akan kedudukan orang-orang yang mempunyai darjat yang tinggi di sisi Allah Ta’ala. Jangan sibukkan diri dengan mengkafirkan orang lain sebaliknya sibukkanlah diri dengan mencari ilmu yang benar. Bersyukur dan pujilah kepada Allah yang telah menyelamatkan kita dari syirik yang besar dan kecil.
Ada seorang masuk dalam majlis Rasulullah saw dengan keadaan janggutnya dibasahi air wuduk.
Rasulullah saw kemudiannya menegur orang itu dengan bertanya, “Adakah dalam hati kamu terdetik rasa riya'?”
“Ya”, kata orang itu.
“Sebab itulah aku nampak ada syaitan pada wajah kamu”, kata baginda saw.
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Al-Haddad bermaksud tukang besi. Pernah satu hari seorang anak dipertntah oleh ayahnya pergi berjumpa dengan tukang besi untuk menajamkan pisaunya. Si anak yang lurus ini pergi ke rumah Imam al-Haddad dan berkata kepada Imam al-Haddad,
“Ayahku memerintahkan daku berjumpa denganmu untuk menajamkan pisau ini”.
Imam al-Haddad tersenyum lalu berkata, “Berikan pisau itu kepadaku. Engkau pulanglah dahulu dan ambillah esok”.
Keesokannya, si anak itu datang berjumpa Imam al-Haddad dan Imam al-Haddad pun memberikan pisau yang telah ditajamkannya itu kepada si anak tadi. Si anak bertanya, “Berapa harganya tuan?”
Kata Imam al-Haddad, “Usahlah kamu bayar dan pulanglah ke rumahmu”.
Si anak itu pun pulang dan memberikan pisau itu kepada ayahnya.
Si ayah bertanya, “ Berapa harga upah menajamkan pisau ini?”
Si anak menjawab, “Tukang besi itu tidak mahu menerima upahku”.
Si ayah kehairanan. “Engkau berjumpa dengan tukang besi yang mana? Bukan di pasar?” , tanya si ayah.
“Bukan ayah, saya pergi ke rumah tukang besi”, jawab si anak dengan jujur.
“Ke rumah tukang besi? Adakah kamu ke rumah Imam al-Haddad?”, tanya si ayah lagi.
Si anak mengangguk. Langsung si ayah bergegas menuju ke rumah Imam al-Haddad. Ayahnya berasa sangat malu dengan perbuatan anaknya dan memohon maaf serta ampun dari Imam al-Haddad kerana salah faham yang berlaku. Si anak menyangkakan bahawa Imam al-Haddad adalah tukang besi yang dimaksudkan padahal si ayah menyuruh si anak berjumpa dengan tukang besi di pasar.
Kata Imam al-Haddad, “Janganlah engkau memarahi anakmu jika kamu kasih padaku”. Begitulah mulianya peribadi Imam al-Haddad.
Kata Imam al-Haddad, “Aku langsung tidak rasa terhina dengan peristiwa ini”. Imam al-Haddad mempunyai hati yang sangat bersih dan sanggup menajamkan pisau yang diberikan oleh si anak walaupun beliau bukanlah tukang besi yang dimaksudkan. Cubalah bayangkan jika kita berada di kedudukan Imam al-Haddad, sudah pasti kita akan marah-marah kerana membuat kerja yang tidak sepatutnya.
Imam al-Haddad sentiasa berkata, “Bila aku menuju ke tempat solat, jangan kamu ganggu perasaan takzim aku kepada Allah Ta’ala”. Diriwayatkan pernah terjadi bila Imam al-Haddad mengangkat takbir maka terbelah mihrab yang berada di hadapannya. Terbelahnya mihrab itu adalah disebabkan pengagungan yang terlalu tinggi Imam al-Haddad terhadap Allah Ta’ala. Kata habib, kesan belahan itu masih boleh dilihat sehinggalah masjid itu dibaikpulih.
Ucapan Imam al-Haddad penuh keluhuran. Katanya, “Aku tidak berasa bimbang setelah aku mendengar firman Allah yang menyatakan bahawa tidak akan berlaku apa-apa melainkan rezekinya dijamin Allah Ta’ala”.
Imam al-Haddad mentakzimkan sunnah-sunnah Rasulullah saw. Beliau melaksanakan semua sunnah Rasulullah saw. Beliau sering bermimpi bertemu Rasulullah saw bahkan beliau turut bertemu Rasulullah saw dalam keadaan jaga. Ketika musim haji, apabila beliau mengunjungi makam Rasulullah saw dan memberi salam kepadanya, ada ulama yang turut berada disitu mendengar Nabi saw menjawab salam Imam al-Haddad. Rasa perhambaan yang tinggi yang ada pada Imam al-Haddad telah menyebabkan beliau mempunyai kedudukan yang tinggi disisi Allah Ta’ala. Pernah satu ketika keluarga Bafadhal berhajat hendak menziarahi makam Nabi saw. Pada masa itu, Imam al-Haddad telah pun wafat. Namun disebabkan ada masalah tertentu mereka tidak dapat memenuhi hajat itu sehinggalah mereka berasa sedih yang amat sangat. Pada satu malam, mereka bermimpi bertemu Rasulullah saw. Dalam mimpi itu, Rasulullah saw bertanya, “Adakah kamu rasa sedih kerana tidak dapat menziarahi aku? Ketahuilah jika kamu menziarahi cucuku (Imam al-Haddad), Allah akan tunaikan 70 hajat kamu”.

Nik Aziz Dalam EraMuslim




Kiprah Dakwah Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
Kamis, 23/10/2008 11:12 WIB | email | print | share

Namanya Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat. Orang biasa memanggil beliau dengan Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. Lahir di Kampung Pulau Malaka, Kota Bharu pada tahun 1931.

Sejak kecil, Nik Abdul Aziz sudah gemar belajar ilmu-ilmu Islam. Saat itu, guru beliau adalah seorang ulama terkenal di daerahnya. Dan sang guru tak lain adalah ayah beliau sendiri yang biasa dipanggil masyarakat dengan Tuan Guru Haji Nik Mat.

Setelah dirasa cukup mendapat pendidikan dasar-dasar Islam, Nik Abdul Aziz disekolahkan ke pesantren di Jertih, Trengganu. Namanya pondok pesantren Tuan Guru Haji Abbas.


Pada tahun 1952, Nik Abdul Aziz meninggalkan tanah air untuk melanjutkan pendidikannya ke Universitas Deobond, India. Di sana, ia berguru kepada ahli tarekat terkemuka, Maulana Husain Ahmad al-Madani.

Lima tahun kemudian, Nik Abdul Aziz melanjutkan studi ke Lahore, Pakistan untuk memperdalam tafsir Al-Qur'an. Setelah itu, beliau melanjutkan studinya ke Universitas Al-Azhar, Mesir untuk mengambil spesialisasi bahasa Arab dan dilanjutkan dengan memperdalam perundangan (hukum) Islam.

Setelah hampir sepuluh tahun belajar di negeri seberang, Nik Abdul Aziz memutuskan kembali ke tanah kelahirannya. Dia ingin mengamalkan pengetahuan yang dimilikinya dengan berkiprah sebagai guru di sekolah menengah Agama Tarbiyyah Mardiah, Panchor dan di Sekolah Agama Darul Annuar yang didirikan oleh ayahnya.

Selain mengajar, ayah sepuluh orang anak ini juga aktif memberikan ceramah-ceramah Islam. Mulai dari khutbah di masjid, hingga majelis taklim yang tersebar di masyarakat. Kiprahnya sebagai ulama, benar-benar disambut baik oleh masyarakat.

Yang menarik masyarakat dari sosok Nik Abdul Aziz adalah kesehariannya yang sarat dengan keteladanan. Mulai dari keluarganya yang terjaga dalam akhlak Islam, kedekatannya dengan kaum dhuafa, serta rumahnya yang sederhana dan akrab dengan lingkungan sekitar. Tidak jarang, hanya sekadar memotong rambut untuk bayi pun masyarakat rela antri ke Nik Abdul Aziz.

Pentas Politik Di tahun 1967, di usianya yang ke tiga puluh enam, Nik Abdul Aziz bergabung dengan Partai Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS). Dia memilih PAS bukan sekadar asasnya yang Islam, tapi juga visi perjuangannya yang benar-benar ingin menegakkan daulah Islam di Malaysia.

"Saya memilih PAS karena parti ini merupakan sebuah pergerakan yang landasannya jelas-jelas memperjuangkan akidah Islam. PAS di mata saya tidak memisahkan antara politik dan agama. Namun, bagaimana caranya bisa berjalan seiringan satu sama lain," ujarnya.

PAS lanjutnya, adalah harakah Islamiyah (pergerakan Islam) yang dicarinya. "Sebab, PAS memiliki cita-cita untuk menegakkan daulah Islamiyah seperti yang diidam-idamkan oleh setiap mukmin."

Sejak terjun di dunia politik bersama PAS, tekanan dan dukungan silih berganti dirasakan Nik Abdul Aziz. Di tahun pertama bergabung dengan PAS, Nik Abdul Aziz berhasil memenangkan pemilihan umum untuk daerah Kelantan. Sejak itu, daerah Kelantan menjadi basis kekuatan PAS. Walau dengan cara apa pun, Barisan Nasional (BN) yang merupakan partai pemerintah saat itu tidak pernah mengalahkan Nik Abdul Aziz dan PAS di daerah pemilihan itu.

Karena ketokohan dan sosok karismatiknya sebagai ulama, Nik Abdul Aziz diamanahkan pimpinan PAS untuk menjabat Ketua Dewan Ulama PAS. Di posisi itu, Nik Abdul Aziz menyerukan seluruh pimpinan dan kader PAS untuk kembali menghidupkan sunnah Rasul dalam semua sisi kehidupan. Perjuangan PAS menurutnya, harus dalam rangka menegakkan Islam, bukan untuk memuaskan ambisi atau syahwat kekuasaan semata.

Walau sudah menjadi pimpinan dengan berbagai kesibukan yang luar biasa, Nik Abdul Aziz tidak pernah melalaikan dakwah. Kesibukan mengisi ceramah dan taklim tidak mengendur dengan alasan apa pun. Baginya, politik adalah bagian dari dakwah. Bukan sebaliknya.

Menteri Besar Pada pemilu 1990, PAS mendapat perolehan suara luar biasa di Negeri Kelantan. Nik Abdul Aziz diberi amanah sebagai Menteri Besar atau setingkat gubernur untuk di Indonesia. Hingga pemilu 2004 lalu, PAS tetap unggul mayoritas di Kelantan. Dan selama 14 tahun itu pula, Nik Abdul Aziz memikul amanah berat itu. Di posisi yang strategis itu, Nik Abdul Aziz kian kuat menyampaikan dakwah dalam bentuk lain. Ia tidak mentolerir seluruh pejabat di jajarannya untuk menerima hadiah apa pun. Menurutnya, semua itu riswah. Ia pun memberikan teladan. Nik Abdul Aziz langsung memotong 40 persen gajinya untuk menambah pelayanan kepada masyarakat.

Berubahkah Nik Abdul Aziz? Sama sekali tidak. Ia tetap Nik Abdul Aziz yang dulu. Rumahnya tetap sederhana. Mobil yang dikendarai juga mobil seperti orang kebanyakan di negeri Kelantan. Setiap hari Jumat, ia mengkhususkan waktunya untuk mengisi pengajian umum di sebuah majelis taklim yang berada di pusat kota. Siapa pun boleh datang. Sedemikian besarnya sambutan masyarakat, hari Jumat menjadi hari pengajian untuk mereka. Mereka datang dari berbagai pelosok di negeri Kelantan. Bahkan, tidak sedikit yang sengaja membawa tenda agar bisa khusyuk mendengarkan kajian dari sang guru, Nik Abdul Aziz. (mn)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

First Lady Summit

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Maira Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani pose as they arrive at the Islamic Fashion Festival in Monte Carlo August 9, 2010.

Who is Malaysia's First Lady?Now, I'm confused...

16 First Ladies To Attend Conference Beginning Monday
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Sixteen First Ladies from 16 countries have confirmed their attendance at the three-day First Ladies Summit beginning Monday.

The wife of the prime minister, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said among those who had confirmed their attendance were the First Lady of Albania (Teuta Topi), Chile (Cecilia Morel Montes), Congo (Marie Olive Kabila), and Sri Lanka (Shiranthi Rajapaksa).

"Besides the First Ladies, we also invited seven ministers from various countries to attend the conference," she told reporters after visiting the conference area at the Palace of Golden Horses, near here.

"I'm most satisfied with all the preparations at the hotel and I hope everything will proceed smoothly," she said.

Also present was Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

The summit, organised by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development with the theme 'A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow', will highlight important agendas in empowering the children as the future leaders.

Rosmah, who is also the patron of the programme, will deliver the keynote address on the first day before the opening ceremony by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya.

-- BERNAMA

Now look at this;

First LadySummit: Rosmah gagal kumpulkan First Ladies dari negara-negara maju
SHAH ALAM 9 Okt – Imej isteri Perdana Menteri, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor yang dikaitkan dengan pembunuhan kejam wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaariibuu serta dakwaan pembabitan beliau terlibat dalam konspirasi terhadap Ketua Oposisi, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim telah menyebabkan kebanyakan Wanita Pertama negara maju menjarakkan diri mereka daripada terlibat dalam Sidang Kemuncak First Ladies anjuran beliau.

Malah acara tiga hari bermula Isnin depan hanya dihadiri oleh 20 Wanita Pertama yan.kebanyakannya datang dari ‘dunia ketiga’.

Wanita Pertama yang hadir termasuk dari Albania, Afghanistan, Chile, Congo, Gambi Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Iran, Jamaica, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Paraguay, Seychelles, Soerra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan dan Zambia
Isteri kepada Datuk Seri Najib Razak itu dikatakan menghina dengan merampas gelaran yang pada sisi Perlembaagaan adakah hak Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Nur Zahirah yang selayaknya digelar Wanita Pertama Malaysia.

“Imej beliau di kalangan Wanita Pertama negara Eropah dan Amerika Syarikat sudah tercalar. Mereka tidak mahu dikaitkan dengan beliau yang terpalit dengan bermacam-macam tuduhan yang memalukan negara.

“Yang peliknya bagaimana seorang yang tidak layak memanggil dirinya wanita Pertama atau First laday dari segi Perlembagaan Persekutuan boleh menganjurkan sidang kemuncak yang mengumpulkan wanita Pertama negara lain walhal beliau sendiri bukan dalam kedudukan itu. Ini amat memalukan imej negara,” kata Ketua Wanita Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KEADILAN) Zuraida Kamaruddin ketika dihubungi Suara Keadilan.

Zuraida berkata tindakan Rosmah membelakangkan Tuanku Nur Zahirah dengan ‘menyamar’ sebagai wanita Pertama adalah sesuatu yang mencerminkan kejelekan peribadi beliau.

Malah lebih memalukan dakwaan Rosmah yang mengaku sebagai Wanita Pertama Malaysia dipertikai bukan sahaja oleh pakar Perlembagaan dan juga rakyat negara tetapi pernah dibahaskan semasa sidamng Parlimen.

Perkara 32 (2) Perlembagaan Persekutuan dalam Bab 1 berkaitan “Ketua Utama Negara bagi Persekutuan, dan isterinya” jelas dinyatakan, ” Isteri Yang di-Pertuan Agong (digelar Raja Permaisuri Agong) hendaklah diberi keutamaan daripada segala orang lain di dalam Persekutuan selepas Yang di-Pertuan Agong”.

“Memang kita sudah bawa isu ini di dalam Parlimen dan saya sudah pun membahaskan perkara ini pada sidang yang lepas. Jadi kita akan teliti lagi sekali dan saya akan persoalkan mengapa kerajaan boleh berikan peruntukan dana awam untuk sidang kemuncak ini serta apa peranan dan keperluan penganjuran sidang berkenaan?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Amalan Sunat Hari Raya: Fatawa al-Hindiyyah

Selamat Hari Raya Eidul Fitr!

Semoga Allah menerima semua amal kita yang ditunaikan pada bulan Ramadan yang baru berlalu.
Hari Raya pertama, jangan lupa ke masjid untuk solat Subuh dan solat sunat Eidul Fitr.
Di bawah ini ialah petikan dari blog www.daralhadith.org.co berkenaan amalan-amalan sunat yang digalakkan pada hari raya. Fatawa ini dikumpulkan oleh ulama-ulama mazhab Hanafi di India pada zaman pemerintahan Maharaja Moghul Aurangzeb.

The authors of the ‘Fatawa al-Hindiyyah’ (1/165) in “Chapter 17 – Regarding The Two Eid Prayers” outline some of the desirable acts for the day of Eid as the following:
“It is desirable (mustahab) on the day of Fitr for a person to bathe, use a toothstick and wear their best clothing as mentioned in ‘al-Quniyah’, whether they are new or (K:old clothes which) have been washed as mentioned in ‘Muhit al-Sarakhsi’.
It is desirable to wear a ring and apply perfume, tabkir - which is to wake early, ibtikar -which is to hasten to the prayer area (مصلى), to give charity (sadaqat ul-fitr) before the prayer, to offer the morning prayer in the masjid of ones area, going out to the prayer place (مصلى) walking and to return via another route as mentioned in ‘al-Quniyah’.
There is no harm in riding to the Friday (Jumah) prayer and the two Eid prayers, however walking is superior in relation to the one who is able to do so as mentioned in ‘al-Zahiriyah’.
It is desirable in the Eid al-Fitr to eat before going out to the prayer place (مصلى) three, five or seven dates more or less as long as they are an odd number, and if they are not available then that any sweet thing that he wishes as mentioned in ‘al-Ayni Sharh al-Kanz’.
If he does not eat before the prayer he is not sinful and if he does not eat after it all the way to Isha, then perhaps he will be sinful[1] for this. Al-Adha is like al-Fitr in these matters except that he refrains from eating until he offers the Eid prayer as mentioned in ‘al-Quniyah’.
And in ‘al-Kubra’ it is mentioned that: Is eating before the prayer on the day of Adha disliked (makruh)? There are two narrations regarding it. The chosen one is that it is not disliked however it is desirable that he does not do so…
Going out to the Eidgah for the Eid prayer is recommended (sunnah) even if the Jami Masjid can accomodate them all, upon this are the generality of the scholars. This is the correct view as mentioned in ‘al-Mudmirat’
A person should go out walking to the prayer area with tranquillity and reverence, lowering their gaze from all that should not be seen as mentioned in ‘al-Mudmirat’.
To recite the Takbir loudly on route in the al-Adha and to halt it when he reaches the prayer place, and this is the view which has been adopted.Iin al-Fitr the chosen view of the madhab is that he does not recite loudly and this is the adopted opinion as mentioned in ‘al-Ghiyathiyyah’, as for reciting silently then it is desirable as mentioned in ‘al-Jawharah al-Nayyirah’.
Issue 7: Optional (nafl) before the Eid prayer is absolutely disliked whether it be in the Eidgah or at home, whether the Eid prayer is compulsory on them or not, to the point that if a woman wishes to offer the Chasht prayer at home she should pray after the Eid prayer has been offered. To offer optional prayers after the Eid prayer is disliked in the Eidgah, however, he may offer them at home rather it is desirable that he offers four rakahs. These rulings are related to the elite (khawas) if the common people (awam) offer nafl before the Eid prayer even in the Eidgah they will not be forbidden. (Dur al-Mukhtar, Rad al-Muhtar 1/777,779)
Addendum: [Regarding the rulings related to optional (nafl) prayers on the day of Eid]
Mawlana Amjid Ali al-Azami details the following in his Hanafi Fiqh compendium ‘Bahar al-Shariah’ volume 4:
Issue 7: Optional (nafl) before the Eid prayer is absolutely disliked whether it be in theE idgah or at home, whether the Eid prayer is compulsory on them or not, to the point that if a woman wishes to offer the Chasht prayer at home she should pray after the Eidprayer has been offered. To offer optional prayers after the Eid prayer is disliked in the Eidgah, however, he may offer them at home rather it is desirable that he offers four rakahs. These rulings are related to the elite (khawas) if the common people (awam) offer nafl before the Eid prayer even in the Eidgah they will not be forbidden. (Dur al-Mukhtar, Rad al-Muhtar 1/777,779)

[1] Al-Azami in his ‘Bahar al-Shariah’ uses the term عتاب meaning the person would be reproached or deserving of blame, whilst the edition of the ‘Fatawa al-Hindiyyah’ referred to uses the term عقاب which has been translated above. As is evident both words have a similar spelling in Arabic which is open to the possibility of being misread by scribes or typists and thus leading to a difference of meaning, and Allah (Most High) knows best.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Back to KL (for good)

Doing a major housekeeping exercise today.Monday will be a new day for me.All this while, I'm doing the referral jobs to tertiary centre.Now, I'll be in the busiest and the biggest referral centre in the country.God bless...

The good thing about going back to KL for good is returning to my own family home.Plus now it's handy to participate in any courses or religious classes around KL.

By the way, I would like to congratulate Kojek and Shira for their wedding today.Will be attending their reception in De Palma Hotel tonight.

BarakAllahu lakuma wa jama'a bainakuma fi khair!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Java

I'll be leaving PD soon, the exact date will be on the 2nd of August. I'll be reporting to GHKL, unsure of which department. To be frank, I'm in dilemma. I haven't make up my mind for my specialty training. Is it going to be Medical or perhaps Oncology?I really don't know.

I spent about ten days last month visiting Java, Indonesia. Jakarta-Bandung-Jogjakarta-Borobudur-Surabaya. The early part of the travel was traumatic. There were 4 of us but we were reduced to 3 when one of our friend lost his passport and wallet in LCCT, Nilai. Not a very pleasant start indeed, having to fly without the person that planned the whole trip. At the end, it's onlyme, Jhaznarul and Syahir.(We are so sorry, Acap!)

It's an eye-opener trip. Even though we share the same roots (Malays), the same region (Malay Archipelago), I hardly know about Indonesia or Indonesians. When I was young, I always thought Indonesians are all poor and they are wandering across the globe to earn money. Some of them, especially in Malaysia turn up to be bandits, robbers etc for the sake of getting money to send back home.Sitting and having meals in posh Grand Indonesia in the heart of Jakarta, I think otherwise now. Indonesia is not a poor country.But she is poorly managed. When I was boarding train from Jakarta to Bandung, I can see how urbanization had ruin the charm of Java. Squatters with densely packed houses are common alongside the railway. If you compare it with areas downtown Jakarta, you must feel the tremendous social distant between the rich and poor.

I regretted that we missed the trip to Gerisik, Demak and Solo. I got a friend studying medicine in Solo. And in Gerisik, the burial place for 2 of the famous saints of Java including Maulana Malik Ibrahim and Sunan Giri. But we did manage to visit the tomb of Sunan Ampel in Surabaya.


Visitors in Masjid Sunan Ampel
Makam Sunan Ampel, Surabaya
The entrance

Masjid Istiqlal, Jakarta



House of Soemporna, Surabaya
The workers preparing the 'kretek'
Masjid Cheng Ho, Surabaya
Kraton Palace, Jogjakarta
The volcanic crater of Tangkuban Perahu

Tangkuban Perahu, near Bandung


Gedung Sate, Dutch administration building in Bandung


Borobudur, Mataram empire greatest candi




Thursday, June 03, 2010




Perangai Pengganas:

1)Serang kapal pembawa muatan makanan dan kemanusiaan
2)Tembak dan bunuh aktivis yang terdiri dari lelaki,wanita, kanak-kanak, warga emas yang berbangsa Arab,Turki, Caucasian, Amerika, Britain termasuk berbangsa Yahudi sendiri.
3)Culik aktivis di perairan antarabangsa dan bawa ke wilayah sendiri
4)Paksa aktivis yang diculik tandatangan pengakuan menceroboh wilayah Israel.
5)Dah kantoi buat aktiviti terrorisme, terhegeh-hegeh salahkan satu dunia.Konon misi kemanusiaan membawa senjata untuk HAMAS.Aktivis cuba mencederakan komando-komando Israel. Diorang ni buat bom daripada gauze dengan iodine ke?
6) Dah salah, masih tak mengaku.Memang sah korang ni YAHUDI

CELAKA!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mula-mula Batu Putih, Sekarang Tanjong Pagar, Lepas ini Iskandar





To kowtow is our new diplomatic style when dealing with Singapore .Where's Ibrahim Ali's PERKASA?

PM Perlu Perjelas Isu KTMB Tanjong Pagar Di Parlimen
Angkatan Muda Keadilan Selangor mendesak Perdana Menteri,Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak memberi penjelasan di Parlimen isu tanah Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad di Tanjong Pagar yang akan berpindah ke Woodlands. Kita menuntut Perdana Menteri menjelaskan butiran perjanjian bersama PM Singapura,Lee Hsien Loong agar rakyat dimaklumkan isu berkenaan dengan ini dengan jelas dan munasabah.
AMK Selangor melihat seolah-olah Perdana Menteri mudah ‘tunduk melutut’ kepada permintaan negara-negara luar dalam isu hak dan kedaulatan negara yang bakal merugikan masa hadapan negara. Dalam isu KTMB ini,kita melihat seolah-olah Perdana Menteri tunduk dengan tekanan Singapura apabila dengan mudahnya sanggup bersetuju dengan perpindahan KTMB dari Tanjung Pagar ke Woodlands dengan beralasan tanah seluas 12 hektar (29.65 ekar) akan diserahkan kepada sebuah syarikat usahasama yang ekuitinya 60% Malaysia dan 40% Singapura.
Luas asal tanah rezab KTM termasuk laluan keretapi dan stesen di Tanjung Pagar adalah 200 hektar atau 494 ekar (mengikut Singapore Railway Transfer Ordinance 1918) dengan tempoh pajakan selama 999 tahun. Menjelang hujung tahun ini satu syarikat yang diberi nama M-S Pte Ltd yang akan ditubuhkan yang kononnya 60% milik Malaysia dan 40% milik Singapura.Apakah berbaloi Malaysia akur dengan persetujuan ini dalam masa pendek dan panjang ?.
AMK Selangor mempersoalkan penubuhan syarikat ini berkenaan pegangan ekuiti tersebut di mana pada masa akan datang yang mudah dibeli oleh pihak Singapura kelak melalui Temasek Holdings Limited.Malahan sebelum ini Malaysia yang sudah pun kehilangan hak kedaulatan Pulau Batu Putih dan isu pangkalan TLDM Woodlands. Kali ini sekali lagi negara bakal kerugian besar terhadap potensi masa hadapan yang tidak dapat dikenalpasti dan dinilai pada masa sekarang.
AMK Selangor juga melihat keputusan perpindahan KTMB ke Woodlands Train Checkpoint pada 1 Julai 2011 dan kemudian ke Johor menjelang 2018 adalah agenda terancang Singapura secara berperingkat ‘menghalau’ hak dan kedaulatan Malaysia sedikit demi sedikit yang kelak merugikan negara. Perkara ini ada disebut dalam kenyataan media bersama antara kedua-kedua Perdana Menteri pada 24hb Mei 2010 lepas.
“ For the convenience of commuters, the rapid transit system link will have a single co-located CIQ facility in Singapore with the exact location to be determined later. It is targeted that the proposed rapid transit system link will be operational by 2018. Thereafter Malaysia may consider to relocate the KTMB Station from Woodlands to Johor.”
AMK Selangor juga menggesa Perdana Menteri memberi penjelasan di Parlimen pertemuan beliau bersama Perdana Menteri Singapura perkara-perkara yang dibincangkan yang perlu diketahui oleh rakyat. Kita tidak mahu,media-media hanya mengumumkan perkara-perkara yang positif tetapi pada realitinya menenggelamkan isu-isu yang amat penting berkenaan hak dan kedaulatan negara.
AMK Selangor menggesa agar kerajaan bertegas dan tidak mudah tunduk kepada negara luar khususnya yang melibatkan hak dan kedaulatan negara. Rakyat tidak sanggup melihat negara kerugian besar di masa hadapan akibat kegagalan Perdana Menteri masakini melihat dan berpandangan futuristik membuat keputusan tepat dan terbaik untuk negara.
Kita menggesa agar rakyat bangkit mempersoalkan kewajaran keakuran kerajaan Malaysia berkenaan isu-isu dengan Singapura mutakhir ini. Kita mahu hak dan kedaulatan negara tidak mudah tergadai dan digadai kepada negara luar dengan mudahnya. Negara ini adalah hak, amanah dan tanggungjawab kita semua bersama-sama.
Mohd Ezli Mashut
Ketua Penerangan AMK Selangor

Tuesday, May 18, 2010



Tiba-tiba terasa bagai hendak belajar bahasa Arab semula.
Adakah ini krisis pertengahan umur?
Saya terjumpa satu buku terjemahan 'Al-Hidayah fi'l-Nahw' dalam bahasa Inggeris.
Buku ini menghuraikan prinsip-prinsip nahu Arab dalam susunan yang mudah.
Mudah-mudahan sesiapa yang hendak mendalami bahasa Arab dapat dibantu dengan terjemahan ini.
Terima kasih blog Attahawi!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sport Betting



13 Mei ialah hari bersejarah 1Malaysia.

Kita akan bergerak ke hadapan untuk mencontohi negara-negara maju.

Secara rasmi kita akan mengizinkan 'sports betting' untuk musim Piala Dunia 2010.

Langkah ini khabarnya akan mengurangkan kes-kes perjudian haram tanpa lesen di negara yang berleluasa terutama ketika demam bola sepak melanda.

Tahniah kepada semua kaki judi yang sudah memperjuangkan hak mereka sebagai rakyat Malaysia.

Mereka berhak sekali berjudi secara terang-terangan tanpa perlu berselindung di kedai-kedai tertentu.

Syabas juga kepada JAKIM yang telah mengeluarkan logo halal untuk 'sports betting' di Malaysia.(hahaha)

Mungkin selepas ini untuk mengawal pengedaran dadah dan pelacuran, industri ini akan turut dihalalkan dan diberikan lesen.

1Malaysia, Rakyat Didahulukan, Berjudi Dibiarkan


Edited Transcript of Interview
Interviewer: …Are they an accurate, pure, and untainted representation of Sufis and tassawuf?
Shaykh Bouti: As far as previous generations are concerned, it’s not possible for me to pass judgment on them because I did not live in those times. However, I have read biographies of people such as Shaykh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani, Shaykh Raslan al-Dimashqi, and Shaykh Ahmad al-Rifa`i. I swear by Allah, these people embodied prophethood, except that they did not receive divine revelation.
Interviewer: They embodied prophethood?
Sh. Bouti: Prophethood, minus divine revelation. In other words, if they had revelation, they would have been prophets. What I mean by that is that they represented, in their character, in their self-discipline, in their inner development, the life of God’s Messenger (peace be upon him). However, since divine revelation was not present in their case, [obviously] they were not prophets or messengers.
And for such people – the foundation of their journey to Allah was the two wings of the Divine Book and the Sunnah [Prophetic tradition], and nothing more. Abdul Qadir al-Jilani – may Allah sanctify his soul – when death drew close to him, his son, whose name was also Musa like your name, was sitting next to him. He gave him his parting advice. Among what he said to him was, “My son, fly to the Truth with the two wings of the Book and the Sunnah.” And he warned him from bid`ah [innovation].
So I don’t want to speak about such people [who came before us]. If I want to look for strict adherence to the proper methodology, it is in their lives that I will find such an adherence. If I want to look for opposition to bid`ah, it is in their lives that I will find opposition to bid’ah.
However, if you’re asking me about the tariqas of this age, I request that you show me a single tariqa from among them whose murshid [spiritual leader and advisor] possesses knowledge of Islamic law that is proficient and sufficient, who is aloof from this world and everything that it contains and is attached to it, and who possesses uprightness in his character. [If such a person were found] I will go tomorrow to become his murid [student]. But I have looked everywhere, and have not found such a murshid.
Interviewer: What is the reason for this, respected shaykh?
Sh. Bouti: Well, I don’t know. The nafs [lower self] is as it always has been – and I don’t absolve my own nafs from this – “Verily the nafs is ever commanding of evil.” The whole business of being a murshid is a dangerous business. It’s a slippery road. The murshid, when he tastes the pleasure of leading others, the pleasure of having a following… it’s something that is almost intoxicating. When he sees people kissing his hand day and night, and some almost willing to kiss his knees and his feet [out of awe and respect]…. when he sees things like this, he begins to believe and imagine that he has become someone great. And the nafs is a constant presence. If such a person has not spent long periods of time in self-reproach, reminding himself that he is nothing, and that he has done so many bad deeds etc, he will not be able to withstand these pressures.
Furthermore, when [this murshid] finds his murids bringing gifts for him, giving him money… Even if I didn’t have an appetite for wealth when it was first given to me, I begin to develop one. I begin to desire wealth. I begin to desire position. I begin to desire humility and deference from people because I am such an important and great human being. All of this is fitnah [trial and tribulation] for me… a fitnah… a fitnah.
And the person who does not fulfill the essential requirements for being a murshid, yet somehow becomes a murshid – this responsibility is dangerous for him, and dangerous for his murids.
Just to make what I’m saying clearer for you, my brother, let me present to you the opposite picture. Let us turn to the age of Shaykh Ahmad al-Rifa`i, may Allah sanctify his soul. Now that is an amazing man. He always used to say in his gatherings, in front of his murids, something that he would repeat again and again – that he was not a shaykh, and not a murshid, and warned against people looking at him in that light. He said in one of his gatherings – and this can be found in his book al-Burhan al-Muayyid – “May I be resurrected with Fir’aun and Hamman if I consider myself better than any one from among you.”
“I am not a shaykh. I am not a shaykh. My name is Little Ahmad, The Nothing. Or better yet, Nothing, The Nothing [a play on his name which literally means ‘the praised one, the high’]” – this is what (Sh. Ahmad ar-Rifa’i) used to say.
And he used to say, “The murshids whom Allah favors with karamaat [special abilities or occurrences] conceal them, just as a woman [naturally] conceals her menstruation from others.”
Compare between this and what we see from murshids of our times. Some of them extend their hands for people to kiss, to teach them [the practice of] kissing hands, and if one of them doesn’t kiss their hands they consider him negligent in his duties.
Interviewer: But is there something wrong with kissing the hand out of respect? There are many people who would even wish to kiss your hand, but you absolutely refuse?
Sh. Bouti: Yes… yes. Why do I refuse my dear brother?
Sh. Bouti [close to tears]: I swear by Allah, the One besides whom there is no other god, I feel embarrassed before Allah when someone from among the people kisses my hand. Because I know myself, and my Lord is One who conceals and veils the mistakes of His servants. He conceals so much… He conceals. I know my shortcomings. I know how much I’ve fallen short in my relationship with my Lord. Yet, He makes it so that the people only see the positive side of me, and He hides the rest from the eyes of people and keeps it something hidden between us.
So if some innocent person comes to me, who only sees my outer state and doesn’t know my inner state… it’s true that he doesn’t know, but doesn’t Allah know? How can I say to him, “Go ahead, kiss my hand, it’s ok, so that you may learn proper etiquette,” while Allah azza wajal [Mighty and Majestic] is watching me and saying, ‘Haven’t you done this? Haven’t you done that? Aren’t you the one who sees such and such [bad qualities] in your self?” This is what prevents me from allowing people to kiss my hand.

Turkey's New Visionary

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Saifool



Mahkamah Jalan Duta

Hakim Mohd Zabidin Mohd Diah mengaku dan berkata inilah pertama kali dalam negara ini, mangsa dituduh dengan kerelaan dan tapi kes disiasat atas 'tanpa kerelaan'


Pendakwaraya II Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden berkata ada sedikit kelemahan (kekeliruan) pada pendakwaan.

KARPAL: "ini bukan kekeliruan, ini menunjukkan Saiful berbohong."



Hahaha....I rest my case!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Cambridge New Mosque and Travelling Light Series


Tempoh hari aku 'memaksa diri' untuk hadir ke fundraising dinner anjuran ABIM bersempena kehadiran Sidi Abdal Hakim Murad ke Malaysia. Sekalung tahniah kepada ABIM Islamic Outreach yang menganjurkan makan malam ini. Selain makan malam, majlis ini dianjurkan bagi mengutip dana bagi pembinaan masjid baru di Cambridge, UK.

Sidi Abdal Hakim melancarkan DVD siri 'Travelling Light' yang menghimpunkan kuliah-kuliah huraian kitab 'Ihya Ulumuddin' karangan Hujjatul Islam Imam Ghazali. Kitab ini mempunyai 40 bahagian dan bagi setiap siri memuatkan syarahan 4 bahagian dari kitab ini. Apa yang menarik, setiap siri ini dirakamkan di tempat-tempat yang berbeza, yakni tempat-tempat yang mempunyai kaitan erat dengan Islam dan ajarannya. Contohnya di masjid-masjid bersejarah, 'tekke', khanqah dan sebagainya.


Bagi siri pertama, rakaman dilakukan di Sinanova Tekke, pusat kegiatan Tariqat Qadiri di daerah Vrbanjusa, Sarajevo. Tekke ini dibangunkan pada tahun 1640 dan ketika peperangan Bosnia 1992-1995, pengikut-pengikut tariqat Qadiri di tekke ini ialah golongan terawal mengangkat senjata menentang tentera Serbia. DVD siri pertama ini menghuraikan kitab 'Tawbah', 'Sabr wa Syukr', 'Khawf wal Raja', dan 'Faqr wa Zuhd'. Setiap topik ini diselang-selikan dengan nasyid-nasyid atau 'Ilahi' dalam bahasa Bosnia oleh kumpulan Nesidu-l-Huda.Dengan harga RM100, kesemua wang ini akan mengalir ke dalam dana masjid baru Cambridge.

Berbalik kepada acara anjuran ABIM ini, aku agak tertarik dengan beberapa perkara yang disentuh oleh Sidi Abdal Hakim Murad. Antara lain dalam ceramahnya beliau menyebutkan beberapa sebab kenapa bulan (atau anak bulan) dianggap sebagai simbol Islam. Ini kerana Nabi Muhammad SAW sering digambar sebagai manusia membawa cahaya kepada ketamadunan manusia. Nabi sebagai pembawa cahaya seumpama bulan. Namun cahaya bulan bukanlah cahaya pada zat bulan sendiri. Bulan memancarkan sinar yang dipantulkan dari matahari yang akhirnya memandu manusia dalam kegelapan malam. Ini adalah hakikat kenabian sendiri. Nabi membawa cahaya risalah bukan dari dirinya. Sebaliknya dari Allah SWT. Dan sifat-sifat Nabi adalah manifestasi atau refleksi sifat-sifat ketuhanan yang terpancar dari jasad manusia.

Sidi Abdal Hakim turut menceritakan pengalaman merakamkan siri 'Travelling Light' ini. Di Bosnia, mereka berkesempatan menatap beberapa manuskrip lama di Perpustakaan Gazi Husrev-Beg. Antara yang paling mencuri tumpuan ialah kitab 'Ihya Ulumuddin 'tulisan tangan bertarikh 1105/1106, lebih kurang enam tahun sebelum kematian Imam Ghazali. Ini menjadikan naskah kuno ini sebagai manuskrip 'Ihya Ulumuddin' yang paling tua di dunia.

Di Granada, Sepanyol semasa rakaman siri kedua, beliau menceritakan pula beberapa perkembangan umat Islam di Andalusia. Dikhabarkan pihak berkuasa tempatan baru-baru ini menemui beberapa khazanah yang ditanam di kawasan sekitar Granada semasa projek pembinaan padang golf di sana. Khazanah-khazanah ini berupa manuskrip atau kitab-kitab Arab lama yang ditanam oleh umat Islam Andalusia ketika cuba menyelamatkan kitab-kitab ini dari dibakar oleh tentera Kristian.(Umat Islam dihapuskan secara sistematik dengan diharamkan buku-buku, tulisan dan kebudayaan Arab dalam projek 'Inquisition' mulai tahun 1478. Mereka dipaksa memeluk agama Kristian dan melakukan pelbagai perkara yang bertentangan dengan Islam seperti meminum arak dan memakan daging babi)

Rakaman siri ketiga dilakukan di Cape Town, Afrika Selatan. DVD siri ketiga akan diterbitkan tidak lama lagi dan Sidi Abdal Hakim juga berharap salah satu siri dapat dirakam di tempat-tempat bersejarah di Nusantara.Mungkin di Malaysia atau di Indonesia. Aku mengharapkan projek ini akan berjaya disempurnakan (sebanyak sepuluh siri) dan sememangnya projek ini akan menjadi warisan keilmuan Imam Ghazali dalam bentuk kontemporari yang sangat-sangat bermakna untuk generasi kini.Syabas kepada Sidi Abdal Hakim Murad dan sahabat-sahabat dari Cambridge, UK!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Majlis Ilmu: Sidi Abdal Hakim Murad di Malaysia


Date:
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Time:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location:
Masjid Tengku Kelana Putra, Jalan SS7/13, Kelana Jaya

One of the great Shaykh from UK. In UK, we have Cambridge and Oxford. And in Islamic world, we have Al-Azhar. This Shaykh went to study in all three universities.Conversant in both traditional Islamic scholarship and Western thought and civilization, he is one of intellectual giant in Western Islamic circle.

Welcome to Malaysia, our dear Shaykh!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Queen Victoria and Abdul

Original article here

Early one cold, February morning in 1901, the inhabitants of a cottage on the Windsor Castle estate were startled by a loud banging at the door.

Tired and dazed, the head of the household, Abdul Karim, opened the front door to find a party of guards standing outside, menacingly. They were accompanied by Queen Alexandra, wife of the new king, Edward VII, and by Princess Beatrice, youngest daughter of the late Queen Victoria.

It was on King Edward's orders that the house was raided. Only days before, Abdul Karim had been given a prominent place in Queen Victoria's funeral procession - which aroused the disgust of her family.

Now, much to his astonishment, the guards were ordering him to hand over every letter, note and memo that the late Queen had sent him over the 13 years he had served her.

She was a prolific letter writer, sometimes penning several a day to Karim - and often signing them 'Your affectionate Mother'. As anyone would have done, Karim had treasured them.

But the new King wanted them destroyed. A bonfire was started outside the cottage and Karim watched in abject horror as desks, drawers and cupboards were turned out.

Abdul Karim, the man whom the Queen had called her 'dearest Munshi' (teacher), could only watch in silence, while his wife stood beside him, tears coursing down her veiled face, as every scrap of paper bearing Victoria's distinctive handwriting was hurled on to the fire.

The Munshi and his family were then ordered to pack their bags and leave for India immediately.

But what on earth had he done to elicit such vengeful behaviour from the usually genial Edward?

The answer lay in the letters that now crackled on the fire - for they told the story of how a young Indian man, who had arrived in Britain 13 years earlier as a mere waiter, had risen to become the Queen's closest companion - and was treated more like a favoured son than a servant. The fascinating relationship between them is told in a new book, Victoria And Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen's Closest Confidant.


Queen Victoria had developed a fascination for all things Indian after she was made Empress of the country in 1876. For her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1887, she declared that she wanted someone at hand who could help her address the Indian princes who were due to attend the jubilee.

And so she wrote to her officials in India, asking for two Indian servants to be sent to her for a year's duration. One of those who was picked was a 24-year-old clerk from Agra - Abdul Karim - who was given a crash course in the English language, social customs and court etiquette - and fitted out with smart tunics and trousers.

Together with a jolly, portly man selected as the other servant, he arrived in England in June 1887, just three days before the start of the Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen, then aged 68, had been a widow for 26 years. For a while, the void in her life left by the death of her beloved Albert in 1861, had been filled by John Brown, the highland ghillie who became her trusted companion.

Their relationship was so close that there were rumours that they were lovers - or had even secretly married - and the Queen was dubbed 'Mrs Brown'. Even her children referred to the Scot as 'Mama's lover', fiercely resenting the hold that he appeared to have over her.

But Brown died in 1883, leaving the Queen devastated and lonely once more. 'I sat alone! Oh! Without my beloved husband,' she wrote mournfully of the Jubilee thanksgiving service.

On the third day of the Jubilee celebrations, the weary Queen was introduced to her 'present' from India - the two impeccably dressed young servants, one stout and smiley, the other tall, handsome and grave. She perked up noticeably. The two began waiting at the Queen's table. Karim quickly became the favourite, impressing her with his dignified bearing, assisting her with her boxes of official correspondence.

Emboldened, he decided to make a curry for her, which she pronounced 'excellent', decreeing that curry should be served regularly.



Such was her enthusiasm for all things Indian that Victoria decided to learn the language of the country she reigned over from 4,000 miles distant. And who better to teach her than the helpful young man who stood beside her?

Karim was delighted. To be appointed Munshi - teacher - to the Queen Empress was a huge honour.

Lessons commenced immediately, with the Queen and her Munshi sitting together every evening, as he taught her new phrases.

When the court moved to Balmoral for the summer, the Queen declared: 'Pray take care that my good Indian people get one of the Upper Servants places. Also that they have every comfort so that they are warm at night.'

Already some members of her household were irritated by the way she fussed over the Indians, Karim especially. Soon they were grumbling that he was beginning to resemble an Indian John Brown. They walked and talked together, with him telling a fascinated Queen stories of India, and her confiding in him more and more as his English improved.

In February 1888 she wrote to her daughter Vicky, the Empress of Germany: 'Young Abdul (who is in fact no servant) teaches me and is a very strict Master, and a perfect Gentleman.'

Aware of the Queen's growing reliance on him, Karim threatened to return to India unless his job elevation was made official.

Horrified at the idea that she might lose him, Victoria at once assented. He was now no longer a servant, but a full member of the Royal Household. Even Brown had never been so elevated, remaining a servant till his death.

There was no question of Karim's returning to India when his year was up - instead, more Indian servants were imported.

Karim saw every letter that Victoria sent, and she soon took to discussing their contents with him. The Viceroy of India started receiving frequent missives from the Queen, advising him how to deal with sectarian problems between Muslims and Hindus. Her solutions always seemed to favour the Muslims: Karim was, of course, a Muslim.

Her readiness to involve the Munshi in official business must have been galling for Bertie, the Prince of Wales, as Victoria refused to let him see any state papers.

The following summer at Balmoral, Karim's replacement of John Brown in the Queen's affections was confirmed when Victoria left for the 'Widow's Cottage,' the small house she had built for herself after Albert's death, in a secluded spot three hours' ride from Balmoral. She had stayed there alone with John Brown on several occasions, giving rise to gossip and jibes of 'Mrs Brown.'

After Brown's death she had sworn she would never sleep there again, but now she spent the night there - accompanied only by Karim. Once again, her conduct shocked the Royal Household - but Victoria was unperturbed.

Although besotted by the handsome young Indian 40 years her junior, the Queen's affection was maternal rather than romantic, signing herself 'your dearest mother'.

When Karim fell ill she would attend him herself, smoothing his pillows. When he returned to India for his annual leave she wrote to him daily. And Karim, though fond of the Queen, was quick to exploit her devotion. He demanded a special pension for his father and for himself a grant of land in India from which he could receive an income. Victoria overrode the objections of the Viceroy to grant his wishes.

Karim was now a wealthy man - but an increasingly unpopular one. The other Indian servants complained that he tyrannised them and Victoria's children were infuriated that their mother seemed to be in thrall to him.

At Balmoral, she had a house built especially for him. At Osborne and Windsor, he had his own cottages and redecorated them with no expense spared, while her own children were severely upbraided for extravagance.

She commissioned portraits and photographs of him just as she had of John Brown, hanging his photograph in her bedroom alongside those of Brown and Albert.

Worried that he might be missing his family, the Queen allowed him to bring his wife and mother-in-law, and later his nephew, over from India. She enjoyed taking guests to take tea with the veiled Indian ladies, her living emblems of the exotic east. The Munshi's visitor's book soon read like a Who's Who of European royalty.

She showered the Munshi with honours till his chest glistened with medals including the CIE, Companion of the Indian Empire. Unsatisfied, he asked for more, even demanding a knighthood, although Victoria for once took her courtiers' counsel and refused to grant this.

The rest of the royal household did not share Victoria's disregard for barriers of class or race and grumbled about the 'black guard,' as they referred to the Munshi and his family. Furious, Victoria ordered that the word 'black' about was not to be used in connection with them.

Although racism and snobbery undoubtedly played a part in the hostility towards the Munshi, his grasping, arrogant behaviour exacerbated tensions - but the Queen always defended him from attac


If she ever reproached him he would fly into a temper and threaten to return to India, whereupon a weeping Victoria would desperately placate him. She once complained to Sir James Reid, her personal physician and hitherto most trusted confidant, that the Munshi bullied her, but would not let Reid intervene.

No one could understand why the Munshi exerted such a hold over her, although some had their theories. Her Private Secretary, Henry Ponsonby, thought that the Munshi was, for her, 'a sort of pet, like a dog or cat which [she] will not willingly give up.'

One of her prime ministers, Lord Salisbury, believed that she enjoyed the spats over the Munshi with her household because 'it was the only excitement she had'.

The reality was that the Queen was lonely. Her relationship with her children, particularly the Prince of Wales, was distant and often strained. She needed someone who was loyal to her above all others, someone to gossip with and confide in.

On one occasion, during her Diamond Jubilee year of 1897, the entire Royal Household threatened to resign if Victoria insisted on taking Abdul on her annual European holiday as usual. They had just found out that this supposedly devout, married man was being treated for recurrent venereal disease - and were appalled that they would be forced to socialise with him as an equal.

It grated that he was given the best rooms in the hotels and villas where the royal party stayed, his own royal carriage and footman.

As always, Victoria took the Munshi's side, turning furiously on her mutinous staff. The household backed down, realising that there was little they could do to dislodge the Munshi while the Queen was alive. But they began sharpening their knives for later...

In 1900, an increasingly frail Queen was dealt a bitter blow when her son, the Duke of Coburg, died of cancer, the third of her children to die, and one of her grandsons died in the Boer War.

By the end of the year it was clear that her health was failing and she became more exhausted. On January 22, 1901, at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, the 81-year-old Queen died peacefully in her bed.

Having suffered the agony of having his personal correspondences and keepsakes destroyed by fire, Karim returned to India with his family, as ordered - albeit it a far stouter, far wealthier man than he had left 13 years earlier. But he did not live long to enjoy his riches, dying eight years later aged 46.

Even then the hounding of his family did not cease. Edward VII, paranoid that some papers might have survived the burning, ordered the Viceroy to send agents to demand any remaining correspondence from the Munshi's grieving widow, forcing her to give up the personal notes and photographs the Queen had given to her.

Just as he had tried to expunge the evidence of his mother's relationship with John Brown, destroying the busts and statues of him that Victoria had commissioned, so Edward wanted to obliterate all traces of her relationship with the Munshi.

It was a sad, bitter postscript to a most unusual friendship, one that, however divisive it had been, had brought comfort to a lonely Queen in the twilight years of her reign.