- I have to thank everyone who was involved in organizing and working for MN’08. The Malaysian student bodies in Nizhniy Novgorod also helped out a lot. There were sacrifices; time, money, energy and sleep. MN would be a total fiasco had it not been for you people and I really appreciate that. I recognized some mistakes on our part and for that we sincerely apologize.
- The honorable guest, His Excellency Dato’ Mohamad Khalis invited some students for breakfast in Aleksandrovsky Sad this morning. We chit-chatted a bit. I am pleasantly surprised to know that our last year’s seniors from NNSMA, who are now registered housemen, were the best (attitude-wise and knowledge-wise) during the interview with Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam (SPA). The challenge for the next coming batches are to maintain that top position. You wanna be on top? 🙂
- I was told that it isn’t appropriate for a relatively lapsed and “liberal” Muslim like me to quote anything from Quran and hadeeth. I agree. Only certified scholars should have that exclusivity. And that means no one, NO ONE, even the moderates, conservatives, ultra-conservatives or the medical students can quote or interpret the Quran and Hadeeth. Unless you have a degree on Islamic studies, you can’t talk about Islam. That sounds fair, right?
- Rota datang lagi… Majlis Maksiat was upgraded to Majlis Kufur (anti-islam @ sheer arrogance @ hypocrite: don’t know which one he meant) with a lot of quotes from the Quran and Hadeeth from an uncertified individual. Majlis Kufur is a serious label, keyword being Kufur. Well, in theory, whatever he brought up can be right… But is it correct practically? Hey, if you are so concerned about “menggabungkan unsur Islam dan kufur” you should have not watched TV and surf the internet as they are the source of many halal mixing with haram or kufur stuffs in this world. But do you refrain yourself from those things? Or just selective haram-ness is good enough for you? Basically, one simply looks at things from the theoretical point of view but offers no solutions as to how to put theory into practice like Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan. No wonder Muslims are in real dilemma.
A tazkirah from Efenem, probably nothing to do with anything that’s happening here, but still important to prevent further serious disease of minority Muslims, which is frivolous excommunication of one another:
إِذَا قَالَ الرَّجُلُ لِصَاحِبِهِ: يَا كَافِرُ, فَإِنَّهَا تَجِبُ عَلَى أَحَدِ هِمَا فَإِنْ كَانَ الَّذِي قِيْلَ لَهُ كَافِرًا فَهُوَ كَافِرٌ وَإِلاَّ رَجَعَ إِلَيْهِ مَا قَالَ
“Jika seorang lelaki berkata kepada kawannya: Wahai Kafir, maka sungguh perkataan itu mengenai salah satu dari keduanya. Bila yang disebut kafir itu memang kafir maka jatuhlah hukuman kafir itu kepadanya, namun bila tidak, hukuman kafir itu kembali kepada yang mengatakannya.”
(HR. Ahmad dari shahabat Abdullah bin ‘Umar, dishahihkan oleh Asy-Syaikh Ahmad Syakir dalam tahqiqnya terhadap Musnad Al-Imam Ahmad no. 2035, 5077, 5259, 5824)
- Didn’t the ambassador Dato’ Mohamad Khalis said in his speech in MN’08 that we have to remain united?