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Sulis’ Song Reached 1,8 Million Viewers …

Wow! A young Indonesian girl, Sulis, has just made another achievement when her song ‘Ya Thoybah‘ in youtube has today (24 February 2013) leveled to more than 1,8 million viewers. It is rarely happened, a religious song which was sung in Arabic by Indonesian reached so much viewers in youtube.

Jangan hanya sibuk mengurus Lady Gaga. Banyak lagu dan musik yang jauh lebih indah, bermakna dan membawa manfaat di dunia ini. Contohnya, lagu-lagu bernuansa agama, atau religi.

Tulisan ini awalnya berjudul, “Lady Gaga? Ah, Mahir Zain dan Sulis Lebih Asyik…”, sengaja hari ini saya kunjungi kembali dan ubah judul dan sebagian isinya. Untuk Anda.

Sudah pernah nge-cek lagu religi di youtube, belakangan ini? Have you ever tried to listen religious music in youtube lately?  Did you listen to Sulis and Haddad Alwi? Did you listen to Chrisye’s fabulous song: “Ketika Tangan dan Kaki Berbicara“?

Menyesal, kalau sampai nggak mencoba mendengarnya… 🙂

Have you heard Mahir Zain’s superb song like this one?

Every time, You feel like you cannot go on,
You feel so lost and that you’re so alone,
All you see is night,  And darkness all around
You feel so helpless you can’t see which way to go
Don’t despair,  And never lose hope
‘Cause Allah is always by your side…

Listen… Close your eyes and listen. Enjoy such beautiful music; and the song. Listen Continue reading Sulis’ Song Reached 1,8 Million Viewers …

A Note to Terrorists

A Note to Terrorists: When Fasting, Do You Remember Islam Says to Harm No One?

My daughter recently asked me: Do terrorists fast, Dad? Did the Sept. 11 suicide bombers fast? I didn’t know what to say, but the 16-year-old went on: “And what would that fasting mean, when they kill innocent citizens without any justified reason, whereas Muslims all over the world understand that they must not harm anyone?”

I am a Muslim not a Commodity
I am a Muslim not a Commodity (Photo credit: Edge of Space)

The article was published in The Jakarta Globe newspaper on August 27, 2010

Fair enough, I think. Even outside the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims are taught to be always sensitive, tolerant and forgiving, and to never harm an innocent being, let alone a human being. Islam teaches us that even when we slaughter an animal, we should minimize the suffering. For example, an animal should be given water prior to its slaughter and it should be done swiftly with a very sharp knife. Continue reading A Note to Terrorists

60 Quranic Practical Ayats 3

Part III  (Continuation from part 2).

41. Do not expect a return for your good behavior, not even thanks [76/9] – Jangan pernah mengharapkan balasan dari perbuatan baik, bahkan (jangan mengharapkan ucapan) terima kasih sekali pun. (Al Qur’an Surat 76 ayat 9).

42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters [5/2]

43. Do no try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues [53/32] – Jangan mencoba mengesankan orang lain (cari pamrih, atau riya’) dengan mengklaim (menyebut-nyebut) perbuatan baik (kehebatan)-mu.

Muslimin solat di jalanan Paris: jangan pamrih atau riya’

Continue reading 60 Quranic Practical Ayats 3

60 Quranic Practical Ayats 2

Solat di sekitar Gunung Merapi: keyakinan yang mantap

Part II — (please see part 1 here).

21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence [24/12-13] – Jika mendengar kabar jelek (negatif) mengenai seseorang, jang buru-buru mempercayainya; tetaplah dengan sangka baik terhadapnya, hingga Anda memperoleh kelengkapan informasi dan kejelasan mengenai masalah itu. Anggaplah orang lain tidak berdosa hingga terbukti dia bersalah dengan bukti-bukti yang solid dan penuh kebenaran. (Surat 24, ayat 12-13).

Note: the numbers in brackets means as referral to The Holy Qur’an’s Chapter and Verse. Eg, the above number [24/12-13] means: chapter 24 verses 12 and 13. Angka di dalam kurung menunjukkan nomor Surat dan ayat dalam Kitab Suci Al-Qur’an.

22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [49/6]

23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning [17/36]. – Jangan ikuti (percayai) informasi secara membabi-buta, yang mana Anda tidak memiliki pengetahuan mengenai hal itu.

24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.” [20:114] — Jangan pernah berpikir  bahwa Anda telah mencapai titik akhir (final) mengenai sesuatu (pengetahuan) dan (bahwa) tidak ada yang lebih tahu dari Anda. Continue reading 60 Quranic Practical Ayats 2

60 Quranic Practical Ayats – 1

English: A Qur'anic manuscript on parchment. T...
A Qur’anic manuscript on parchment. The text is written in the early Kufic script. Part of verse 94, verses 95 and 96, part of verse 97 (Surah al-Ma’idah). The ayat (verses) are written continuously without separation or decorative devices. Location: Beit al-Qur’an, Manama, Bahrain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some of the lessons learned from Qur’an that apply to our general living; Quranic Ayat’s which helps in our every way of life.

Beberapa pelajaran dari Al-Qur’an yang membantu dalam praktek kehidupan sehari-hari kita.

Part I : 1-20

  1. Respect and honor all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on [17/70 – Al-Qur’an, Suraa 17, Verse 70]  — Hormati semua manusia tanpa membedakan agama, warna kulit, ras, jenis kelamin, bahasa, status, kekayaan, ataupun pekerjaan mereka dan sebagainya. — “Dan sesungguhnya telah Kami (Allah) muliakan anak-anak Adam. Kami angkut mereka di daratan dan di lautan. Kami beri mereka rezeki dari yang baik-baik dan Kami lebihkan mereka dengan keistimewaan yang sempurna atas kebanyakan makhluk yang telah Kami ciptakan.” (S.17- Al-Israa’ – ayat 70).
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Kiwir, Socrates and Backbiting

Backbiting and Triple Filter Test

This is about our friend Kiwir and a great figure named Socrates. Although Kiwir was not sure enough about the validity of the story, he still thought that it would be useful to remind us about it, since what Socrates taught was very useful for many.

First, Socrates. In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance that ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students called Plato?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test”.

“Triple filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say.

“The first Filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…

An Arabic manuscript from the 13th century dep...
An Arabic manuscript from the 13th century depicting Socrates (Soqrāt) in discussion with his pupils. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the Filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”

“No, on the contrary…” Continue reading Kiwir, Socrates and Backbiting