Please educate, do not hate

I woke up this morning and found that a video on YouTube is going viral on facebook. Immediately as usual I have an urge that I need to watch this viral thingy. However, as I normally attend my sims social first, i let the video get the 100% buffer which only took 5 sec and finishing the tasks on the sims social. At the same time I let the video play by itself and with all the lagging due to flash player and my computer RAM, i still can hear that the people within the video was talking about hudud and I immediately know that this is some video that was made by pemuda to explain misconception about hudud among muslim and non muslim alike.


As for me, i think this is an absolutely brilliant attempt to counter some misconception regarding hudud which rarely explained to the public. Anyone that tried to explain it will be labelled as an opposition since this issue was brought in by the opposition party in Malaysia nearly some 50 years ago or maybe even earlier or slightly later.

It may seems barbaric even by hearing the kind of thing that someone who is guilty of charge have to go through but as explained in the video, the enforcement of the law isn't easy and it require very specific type of situation. 

People sometime judge the implementation of hudud among the muslim alone as injustice but think carefully, if u  are a muslim and guilty for that specific mistake and then being sentenced according to the Islamic way (hudud), at least in the hereafter you will hopefully receive less punishment as you have got the kind of punishment that Allah SWT has command. Plus, the definition of justice it self also sometimes varies according to culture and religion. In Islam, being just in a crude way is translated as putting something at its own place/ doing something accordingly. For instance, you will not be just if you have a twin son and a daughter but during their birthday, you buy both of them barbie dolls??!! Same goes to 5 times daily prayer. As a muslim, would you argue that it isn't fair because the non believer do not pray 5 times a days? Unless u are total idiot, you probably would!

Still, the conventional law will always be there as it is part of taazir in Islam. so, why even afraid of hudud if u think you will not even do the crime in the first place and the conventional law is there anyway.

The next argument is the very basic of islamic fundemental. To accept everything that come with a "package" of Islam once you say the shahadah with a full understanding of it. People know that Islam is a way of life and not just another religion. Many people say shahadah but very few really understand the obligation obligation after that. That is why probably many still do not practice even the basic of Islam. Praying 5 times a day, fasting 30 days during the month of Ramadhan, pay the zakat and go to hajj.

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱدۡخُلُواْ فِى ٱلسِّلۡمِ ڪَآفَّةً۬ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُواْ خُطُوَٲتِ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنِ‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ لَڪُمۡ عَدُوٌّ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬ - ٢٠٨
O ye who believe! enter into Islam whole-heartedly; and follow not the footsteps of the Evil One; for he is to you an avowed enemy. (208)

Last but not least, this video is only available in Malay language with no subs but I hope the director or the video editor would put in English and possibly mandarin and tamil subs later on. This issue isn't a local Malaysian issue but one of the foundation in Islam as well and possibly  an "alternative" to the conventional law being used nowadays to curb socials problems.

Finally, enjoy the video itself. I will update later if they put the subtitle for this video. :)




Thanks for reading.


P/S:
1. Even if you dont agree, if you are a muslim, think again before you say something about hudud because you may never know that you actually go against your faith. I ask for Allah protection against this.
2. Bear in mind that it is your choice and if you leave this part of your faith, you will be accounted responsible in the hereafter. Same as prayer, fasting and so on.


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My First

It all happened last Wednesday (7/12/2011). The date would probably be hard to remember but definitely I will treasure the experience. First time ever performing a surgery! I stick a scalpel into a lump of a golf-ball's size on someone's neck to remove the abscess and on another occasion, I also removed some adenoids tissue. Alhamdulillah.

Although before this I assisted in a few procedures including caesarean section, popliteal artery bypass, anterior resection of the bowel and a few more, this one was special to me as I held the scalpel on my own and making the incision myself. A very rare experience for medical students I think.


The consultant ear nose and throat (ENT) surgeon first asked me if I ever seen an abscess and perform incision and drainage. While looking straight at him, I answered that I'd seen pericolonic (around the large bowel) abscess but never done any kind of incision and drainage. The next thing was very surprising as he asked me if I want to do any surgery today. What sort of answer would you expect if you ask someone who really into surgery? Definitely a YES and from that moment, there was no way back. Since most of the ENT procedures don't require a full scrub, I put a surgical mask, washed my hand (scrubbing kind of wash) and a size 7 surgical glove.

I sat next to him while he talked me along the way. A small 1cm incision was made inferior to the angle of mandible area by me although at the end he guided my fingers and push it deeper because it wasn't deep enough to drain the abscess.

Honestly I was quite scared since it was very close to major artery (the carotid artery) of that 7 months old baby. Once the abscess started to drain, the rest was just simple squeezes to force the abscess out. Quite a lot of it came out. No wonder the lump was a size of a golf ball! Within 15 minutes, the procedure completed as no stitch required since it was small and a drainage tube was inserted into the lump so that the remaining abscess could drain later. 
We thanked the nurses and the anaesthetist and the surgeon then congratulated me and said 'you can now tell your friends that you performed a surgery'. I'm not sure if they will ever believe it', he added. ^__^ 



Before that procedure, he actually showed me a bilateral (both side) appendicectomy and also adenoidectomy in which he allowed me to do (adenoidectomy) when we saw the same case after that. This was also relatively  a simple procedure although it carries quite a big risk of bleeding. Adenoidectomy is basically a scrapping of the adenoids tissue on your pharynx. No cauterization even required for adenoidectomy in most cases.

The surgeon was so cool and I can't wait to sit with him again next Wednesday hoping that I will have more chances to perform some minor surgery! Hopefully ^__^
A long journey always starts with a small step. Pray for my success guys.


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decision time


Long since i last scribble something here. sorry about that and million thanks to those who keep coming. please do read previous entries if nothing new posted. Hopefully something will be some benefit to you insyaAllah.

Quick update about my life.
1. Now i am already a final year med student. Quite unbelievable how fast time flies. Life even harder as you grow older. At this stage i have to wake up as early as 5 am and take a taxi to the city center as i have to be at Connoly  Hospital before 7am. My subuh (morning) prayer nowadays is in the hospital! Surgical rotation is very demanding and this is the life that i hope to live and enjoying it one day (a clear message to my future wife [if any] who will be living with me). I finished 3 different rotations so far which included orthopaedic, anaesthesia, surgical and medical. a few more to come in within the next few months.

The weather
1. Ireland as a whole were not prepared for almost anything (in term of weather). Whenever there is a slightly heavier rain, the city will quickly get flooded. Every year when they have a snow, all the transport system down as if they were never there in the first place. Buses and everything just stop working. Plus, they would always have water shortage immediately after the snow.
2. Last week, there was a sudden flood due to 'heavy' rain (nothing like heavy rain in Malaysia). The shopping centre in Dundrum was flooded because the riverbank or something failed to retain the water. It also cost 2 life. A gardai  (police) officer and a nurse.

Working
1. I am planning to stay here insyaAllah once I'm finish with my degree but am not 100% sure about it yet. Many have been talking about staying here. Not to mention some that hate to stay here and wanted to go out as soon as they can. Some feel that they were treated as 2nd class citizen and some are just because they feel that they could do more money somewhere else. As for me, i have my own reason not to rush to go back to Malaysia but again, it is not something definite. Family would be one of the greatest influence in the final decision.
2. I got approval to apply to Malta Foundation Program. Another destination that i think I will consider going if given chances. Thanks to Wanie for her help with the essay that I completed in half n hour. Believe it or not, I managed to slip through although I missed the deadline by one day.

Friends
1. I am glad that I met more people this year including some of my malaysian friends whom i was never close to them before. At least i know that a few of them are sort of from Kedah. :)
2. One of them once questioned me about hating the rain. She said "macam mana ni, tak lama lagi nak jadi suami orang dah. Hujan sikit pun takut!" I replied just by smiling. She definitely have no clue about me if she really mean it.


Study
1. All i can say is i have a difficulty to focus on books. I bought many new books but haven't manage to finish any of them yet.
2. 10 minutes reading and i already yawning.
3. The progress is superbly slow now.

future
I hope Allah will keep protecting you (whomever you will be)
Something made my heart tickle whenever i see a proposal video anywhere on the net. Maybe the time has come for me as well?

pen torch. LOL. JK
Pen-off

wassalam


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Life goes on

Almost a month ago i turned 24. Life feels so short when I look back. As if I just arrived last week in Ireland although it was already 4 years. Leaving high school back in 2004 doesn't feel too long since i can still remember some of the question from the SPM examination (i think! :D)

thanks Afni ^__^

As usual, I would like to thank my mom, dad and the rest of my close family members who keep praying for my safety and successin this foreign land. Although it had been more than 4 years since we last celebrated it, for me, the thoughts that matter the most. Millions thanks to all.

To all my friends that helped to cheer me up with those cakes, lunch and dinner and well wishes, thanks very much. Your efforts were priceless. It is surely one of the best I ever had for the past few years.

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At connoly hospital. Got no clue on how to rotate the pic. Sorry

At the moment, everything seems to be going very well. My pace is still quite slow but in getting there. Please keep praying and make dua' for us to face the final year of this tiring college life successfully Insyaallah.
I feels like I need to know more than the time I actually have to read everything. May Allah ease the efforts Insyaallah.

Till we meet again. I dont think i can write as frequent as i can but if anything important or i feel like rant, i'll definitely will post it here.
Okay, bye...


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Last day at Barcelona

Hi all.

Sorry for the delay. I should have uploaded this weeks ago if im not mistaken but as usual, no mood to write and quite 'busy' with my own activities. Now am back in Dublin. So, before things get busier, I'd decided to finish this entry which had been on the 'draft' since last month!

Okay, here how the last day of my first solo trip to Barcelona ended. (sounds like i might go there again! ^___^)

The previous night i had to change the hostel as my attempt to further book another night at Be Hostel Sound had failed. The hostel was fully booked so i had to find another hostel. Luckily while browsing hostelworld.com, i came across Kabul Backpackers Hostel which is quite cheap and plus it is not too far from the hostel that i stayed in. So, i decided to book the Kabul hostel and my journey on the last day started there.

I went to hostel, check-in, got to my new room, put all my stuff inside the locker and only brought with me my usual travel accessories. Water bottle, camera, a map, a pen and obviously my phone, passport and wallet.

Initially I did plan to spend the last day with Mong and Michael but since they were quite late that morning, i decided to venture on my own. First stop was Montjuic area where the 1992 Olympic was held. I took the gondola to get to the top of the hill. My poor judgement to take the gondola cost me about 15 euro for return trip which is not that interesting as there are only a castle on top of that. Thats it. Initially i thought that there was something interesting over there other than the view over the city but i was wrong. The castle was crap as it is still under renovation, nothing else besides the castle and some history about Jose Rizal (if u guys can still remember high school history lesson) whom apparently was imprisoned there before he started the revolution in the Filipines. My advice to everyone is even if you are interested to go on top of Montjuic, use your feet and walk up that hill. it will probably take you 20 min but the way down will be very interesting as you can slide down the slides that they built (I suppose that it is for children only) in numerous places on the hillside. I actually saw a few youngsters slide down from one slide to another.


Wall of Montjuic Castle
View of Barcelona City from the castle


@ Barcelona 92' Olympic stadium
Then after that i explored the whole Olympic area with my own foots. I went to the Olympic stadium which will take another 20 min walking from the gondola station. Near the Olympic stadium are a few more sports complex and some building which i cannot really remember. As you walk towards the Olympic stadium, you will be passing a few small garden which somehow seems to be an attraction to tourist although i myself find nothing really interesting to watch some few statues made from steel and worst of all, they all corroded. From the Olympic area, i walked down the hill towards a beautiful building (following a beautiful lady :p). The building is a castle if im not mistaken and by this time, i got a text from Mong saying that she and Mickael will try to catch me if they can which i know quite impossible considering my fast-walking-pace. In front of that castle, is a famous scene of Barcelona, The Catalonia National Art Museum with the massive stairs. U know what i'm talking about do u? :s


The Catalonia National Art Museum
After decided not to enjoy the arts inside the museums due to time constrain, i decided to take the underground train (Green Lince) to Nou Camp. The famous stadium of a football giant, Barcelone FC. Lucky enough although it was Friday, the stadium was open until late evening although on one of the brochure said that it is close on that day. So, here are some pics of me that you may (or may not) enjoy in that stadium.


Me alone
Changing room
The pitch
Before i reached the station at Nou Camp, i noticed that there is a stop that remind me of a movie entitled Vicky Christina Barcelona. The stop however is called Maria Christina. Such a beautiful name for a tram station or even a place!

Back from Nou Camp, i took that same green line underground tram straight to Parc Guell with double dots on the U! It took about 40 min of straight tram ride but somehow i can only remember about less than 1/3 of it as i spent the rest dozing off. Luckily i did not miss the stop. On the way to Parc Guell with double dots on the U, i met Ola (u'll know this lady if you read my previous Barcelona entry) which whom kindly enough gave me the free guide on how to get to the park. I would have made it a much nicer goodbye episode if i know that would be the last time i met her because Ola has such an interesting character! :-p I spent about an hour or so inside the park wondering how the hell on earth that this Gaudi guy had such an imagination and creativity to design the park to that level of details. Although he probably did not do all those thing himself but surely it took a very wonderful peace of mind to came up with the design. The sun that sat straight on the head at 3pm did not stop people from venturing almost every inch of the park. 

walking inside the Parc Guell
Barcelona city on the background
Entrance to Parc Guell. All credit goes to Mong
Somehow, before i left the parc, i bumped into Mong and Mickael. Both just arrived at the park. Then the episode of bumping into some more people came into the picture. On top of the highest point of Parc Guell with double dots on the U, the 3 of us met with Fred, Nicole and Tammy which led to the arrangement of one of the best dinner in my life. Strangers from different locations met in Barcelona for something that hopefully will be a beautiful memory of a lifetime.

The 3 of us (mong, mickael and me) left the park after another hour or two of snapping-pictures session and we all went back to prepare ourselves for the dinner which will be at one of the famous restaurant in Barcelona at Plaza Real,  Les Quinze Nits


Happy face. Credit to Tammy

At about 8pm, we all get into the line which took almost an hour before we could get a space for 7 in that full-packed restaurant. Oh, Nicholas who is originally from Chile and currently working in Norway was also there to join us for the dinner. 3 hours spent on dining and talking and talking and laughing and allowing others to make faces was a time-worth spent. From bits of everyone background to religion and politics, almost everything were on the table that night. Fred who has been travelling for 9 straight months to different places including Kuala Lumpur and Malacca keep mentioning the goodness of 'Nasi Lemak' and other Malaysian dishes. Not to forget that he also has lots of interest on how the upper class people (as he said it) in Malaysia that kept a mistress although he (the upper class-aka Dato') are allowed to marry 4 women! Being the probably the only single guy on the table also did not help much with all the jokes and attacks came around my singleness. lol.



7 of us. Nikola, Muaz, Fred, Mickael, Nicole, Mong, Tammy
Early morning that day, we all went back to each others hostel and set to continue our own journey (at least for some) on the next day. I spent my last day at a theme park! cant promise that i will write about that since i'd became lazier to write. haha 

The end.


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An open letter

*updated*

Hello Marta,

How are you lately? how have you been keeping on with the two children that you are taking care of? I hope that you are in the pink of health. First of all i would like to say that i am very sorry for keeping it long before i write this entry. I know that i promised it to be a few weeks ago but sometimes i just don't have the mood to write. Again, I'm so sorry. 


First of all, I would like to say that I am glad that somehow we were destined to meet again after the short initial introduction on the plane. As u said last time, everything that happen on our journey to Dublin was a coincidence. The plane sit, the last person going into the place etc. It definitely is a coincidence! However, I would say, serendipity. (Do watch that serendipity movie okay!) Haha. I never thought that I would met another medical student in such a situation. Anyhow, thanks for turning up on that day in front of St. Stephen green shopping centre. Honestly, I did not expect to see you again after the day at the airport. It was quite unusual (if could say) for me and you (i assume) to meet someone that we barely know on a 'date'. Oh, and it was at 8am! :-P

Anyhow, i really hope that you enjoy Dublin back then although the weather was not on our side. Being a tour guide for a few hours with you was really a pleasure. Hopefully you will be able to give some guide to your mom when she come to visit you later. Also, please told her that i am very sorry if i had cause her a great worry last time because i fully understand your situation; being a single daughter of the family, away from home etc. I am glad that the day went well and you can continue working as a babysitter with Alan's family. He is such a nice employer. ^__^

Regarding the lunch last time, i think it was one of the best i ever had. Obviously not the food as i just had a slice of pizza and you with your homemade sandwiches. I would definitely try that again. Never thought that eating on the riverside's bench would be wonderful except that we had to witness that couple fighting. That guy was such a loser. I would definitely find another place for us to eat if I was not rushing for the prayer. Hopefully it was a good experience for you as well.



People say that bringing out topics such as religion, politics and history were a bad start for the first date but i think we proved it wrong! Definitely it was fine if your date also has lots of interest in it! Hehe. I hope I was able to clear a few misunderstanding about Islam that you had and not too corny. Obviously Islam was not too foreign for you as you already knew about Ramadhan (fasting month), prayer and so on. Maybe after this you can do more reading about this world fastest growing religion! I would definitely sit and talk about all these again if we ever had a chance to meet again in the future. or, even thru facebook. Haha. Well...I do have plan to go to Spain in the future and i reckon you can handle the distance between Lleida and Cordoba, do you? :-)

Okay, before I bored you more, I hope that you'll enjoy your stay in Ireland and reach the targets that you have in mind. May you continue doing all those charity works as well. I really envy the effort that you have! The world definitely need more future doctors like you. Keep in touch.

Bye...


Yours truly,
Muaz Adam
Malaysia.

Footnotes:
1. Last day of barcelona will be up within a few days weeks.


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Barcelona part 2

part 2 of the journey in Barcelona (edited*)

The Be Hostel sound that i stayed in has some disadvantage in term of power sockets inside the room. They only have them at one corner (at least in the room that i stayed in) although there were more than enough to be used by 10 person.

since I dont want to act awkwardly by arching over my newly met friend who was sleeping on the bed in order to get to the power socket, i decided to charge my phone in the common room area where the breakfast was served. 
Following the breakfast, i noticed something wrong. My skin was peeling badly especially on the nasal bridge and on the forehead. Probably because of the heat or maybe the sunburn. The next thing i did was i quickly went to the pharmacy and get the facial cleaner that help to de-skin the part that was peeling. quite costly since they dont have the regular Nivea, so i just bought a product from a brand that i never heard of which cost me almost 20 euro! pFFFT!

The 2nd day start at 10 am although i already awake since 8am. it was the 'free' tour guide conducted by a guy named Adam. He was from aussie. There were 2 different guides that happen at the same time. One is call Gaudi Tour and the other one is Gothic Tour. They do this twice every day, one in the morning and one in the evening. so, you can go to either one in the morning and the next one in the evening or the following day.
Famous restaurant. One of Messi's favorite. Specialize in snails cooking.

Picasso was accepted at a very young age here in this building. Some kind of arts university

Adam with the background of old Roman's wall
In my opinion, the good thing about this tour was that it brought you around the gothic part (old city) of barcelona and at the same time went through some interesting history of the history including where Mr. Christopher Columbus brought back some native american to barcelona and met Queen Isabella to tell her about the success of the mission. We were sitting on the stairs where it all happened some hundreds years ago while he went through the history. Plus, the tour also allow you to meet and interact with new people including a lady (sorry Mong. :P) from Malaysia who was actually enjoying her holiday in europe.

At lunchtime, we had a 3 course menu lunch at one of the restaurant in Plaza Real. It was very cheap. Less than 10 euro and you can get a proper 3 course menu with free water. :P Definitely it was a new experience for me as i rarely had any lunch experience as such. Oh, this place was also where all the 'magic' happen on my last night in Barcelona which i would tell more on the last part of the trip.

Lunch with Mong
So, at about 3pm, we both went back to each other hostel (after some quick strolling at the La Rambla) and have some rest before going out again at 4pm for another tour. The Gaudi Tour. This time, Ola (she is from Poland) guided us through the whole tour and we visited almost all the important work arts of the great architect, Gaudi. By going out with the tour group, you don't just see the arts but also know a little bit about them in which if you have great interest, you can visit again at your own pleasure although it would cost some amount of money. At least 10 euro. many are actually cost about 15 euro+. On this tour, i met Mickael, Fred and some other people. Below are some pics from the evening tour.

@ one of Gaudi's masterpiece
@ the famous market. Off la rambla
@ Sagrada da Familia
One more interesting part about this 2nd day was it somehow fall on the San Juan Festival. So, although it was only 6pm when the tour finished, many of us already headed towards the beach area where the celebration took place. In fact, two of the people from the tour already wore their beach shorts on the tour! As for me, I decided to go back to the hostel immediately after the tour, prayed asar and then went to the beach with the other group as Mong and Mickael decided to go for Tapas and something tour (more like a traditional dinner and some dancing show going on at the same time). it cost only 20 euro! ;p

So, as day went by (post quick kebab dinner), we eventually reached the beach at around 10pm. Initially there was only 4 of us just sitting on the beach and talking with the background of locals that keep lighting up the firecrackers. At about 12 midnight after the other finished enjoying their tapas and something-that-i-forgot-the-name, we all sit together in a group of about 10 people and started to enjoy the scenes. The Catalan really celebrate this event which some said was even merrier than the Christmas celebration (without the santa). They said it was considered as some sort of new year celebration which could be true as people did went to the beach with tents and barbecues and the most important of all, firecrackers and fireworks!



Apart from people skinny dipping in the Mediterranean and getting drunk, the rest were fine. We stay on the beach almost until 4am when everyone decided to go back as some  of us need to catch bus and flight to their next destination. Overall, it was fun just sitting and talking, sharing experiences and knowing a little bit more about everything and one another. :)
I slept soundly after performing the subuh (morning) prayer before begin the journey on my last day at Barcelona as a lone ranger . ^__^

p/s: I'll put more pictures later as those pics are on my other comp. wait for the FC barcelona, park gueil and last night dinner experience. bye..


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Friday

Wisdom: Saying/doing the right word/thing at the right moment at the right place

Agree? Although it could be something unpleasant or hurtful, sometimes it just need to be done/said.

In seerah (history), a man once came to see prophet Muhammad SAW. He confessed that he drank alcohol, involved in gambling and so on. He wanted the prophet to advised him. So the prophet told him, 'Don't lie'.
Short and simple.

The following is probably a longer version of the same story. See how a short message could lead to a very deep meaning if it was conveyed at the right moment in a right way.

TELLING THE TRUTH : Telling the truth is a very good habit. If you always speak the truth, you can save yourself from a lot of trouble! Here is a story of a man who did a lot of bad things, but his promise to tell the truth saved him.

Once a man came to the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) and said, "Oh prophet of Allah, I have many bad habits. Which one of them should I give up first?" The prophet said, "Give up telling lies first and always speak the truth." The man
promised to do so and went home. At night the man was about to go out to steal. Before setting out, he thought
for a moment about the promise he made with the prophet. "If tomorrow the prophet asks me where have I been, what shall I say? Shall I say that I went out stealing? No, I cannot say that. But nor can I lie. If I tell the truth,
everyone will start hating me and call me a thief. I would be punished for stealing."

So the man decided not to steal that night, and gave up this bad habit. Next day, he felt like drinking wine, when he was about to do so, he said to himself, "What shall I say to the prophet if he asks me what did I do during the
day? I cannot tell a lie, and if I speak the truth people will hate me, because a Muslim is not allowed to drink wine." And so he gave up the idea of drinking wine.

In this way, whenever the man thought of doing something bad, he remembered his promise to tell the truth at all times. One by one, he gave up all his bad habits and became a good Muslim and a very good person. If you always speak the truth, you can be a good person, a good Muslim whom Allah likes and favors. If Allah - our Creator - is pleased with us, He will reward us with HEAVEN, which is a place of happiness and joy.

Make a promise: I shall always speak the truth.



I believe it is essential to advise people in a way that is best for them. Yes, it is hard to tell which one is the best for them but sometimes, just do it is also probably the best. The most important is not to humiliate them in front of others. Do it in  away that preserve their dignity although whatever they did might be very unpleasant for us that we feel the urge to yell 'STOP' at them immediately!

Okay, that's all for now. I need to continue reading as exam is only 4 days away. Pray for my success lads.
May Allah bless all of you on this very special day, the Friday.

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I'm actually reading this one novel called 'One day'. Never thought that i would love an English novel in my life other that the Harry Potter Series. This one just captured my attention. Maybe because of the genre (romantic) or the urge to finish it before the movie adapted from this international bestselling  novel came out this early August! Ho yeah!


Barcelona part 2 will be out after July 6th okay. Bye...


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Barcelona part 1

Alhamdulillah, i was granted some times to visit this great city of Catalan, Barcelona. A city with a long......history, including during the occupation of the Morrs in Spain and the crusaders. I'm not interested to talk about the history but rather my own personal experience in this great city with great peoples that I met during my 3 days and 3 nights trip to this city. Very few of them are younger than me which make it wonderful as they come here just to chill and enjoy the city rather than trying to visit every little possible places that they can think of. Plus, some of them had traveled a lot including Malaysia which make it easier to choose the topic of conversation.


Here is my journey. Hopefully you guys enjoy reading it.

I arrived at around 8.30pm and it was still very much like 5pm in Malaysia on a bright sunny day. Because i was quite tired, i decided to take a taxi to the hostel. It is called Be Hostel Sound. Actually it was part of the Be Hostel chains around this city. 2 other hostel called Be Hostel Marr and Be hostel Rambla located 5 to 7 minutes away from this hostel. I was greeted (immediately fallen in love) by Kasha at the reception counter. She was very helpful and nice enough to answer all the unnecessary invented little detail that I can think of. Haha.

Anyhow, she is also very understanding as well when i asked her about praying inside the hostel. Seems like she is pretty familiar with Islam when she offered me some small spaces that i could use for praying. Very nice of her indeed. The hostel is very nice i have to say. Although u'll share a room with 7 or 10 more people, you don't need to worry about the security because everyone has electronic locker which is quite big that it can fit your 80 liters travelling bag inside. No curfew plus only electronic cardholder can get access into the hostel. The only downside is that if you live in room 001, you'll have to share the in-suite bathroom with you roomies of both sexes and i find it rather unpleasant. Need not to worry, if you live on other room, the bathroom is separated by gender only that it was outside your room. After finished praying jama' taakhir of zohor and asar, i decided to stroll around the neighboring area as planned.


A big Cat Statue at Rambla del Raval

My aim was actually to find the Tariq bin Ziyad mosque that search beforehand on google map before i started my journey back in Dublin. Lucky enough, it was only 10 minutes from the hostel and i prayed  Maghrib and Isyak (Jama') over there. This mosque situated at Rambla del Raval which is fulled with halal shops along the street although some of them do sell beers etc. If you guys want to stay in Barcelona, i strongly suggest this area because it is easy to find halal stuff to cook (if allowed by the hostel) and lots of Muslim population around. Although this neighborhood is quite dodgy, i would say that in term of safety, it is at least 8/10. No part of Barcelona is safe enough when it comes to the residential area. Lots of burglars and prostitutes around to be honest. I never seen such an area over the past 4 years that i took to travel in Europe, including Amsterdam! Plus, this area is very close the popular La Rambla and lots of metro that is available for the use to visit other places such as Sagrada Familia without the need to change the metro line. ^__^




A: Hostel Be Sound
Tariq bin Ziyad Mosque: Carrer de Sant Rafael
Be Hostel Marr: Carrer de Sant Pau

Later that night after I had my dinner in one of the shop at Rambla del Raval, i met a few people from the hostel and we decided to go out and enjoy Barcelona at night. I wont go into detail but suffice for me to say that it was a good night out. Just imagine 6 guys on a night out and just trying to enjoy themself. No wonder only 2 people get to the beach and fast asleep on the beach until early morning. The rest? Distracted by cute french ladies. LOL. is it not what happened Akal? :P

P/s:
1. Akal is one of the guy from India that i met, he might not read this but i think it will be very funny if he sees this. Unfortunately, i don't have everyone email to add them on FB. These law students somehow left their Sikh at home and enjoy Barcelona to the fullest!
2. I'll continue on a day to day basis of my 3 days trip at Barcelona.

Bye...


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Matematik darjah satu

Banding harga gula. Malaysia dan Ireland.

Selepas ditukar kepada ringgit
Msia: ~250 sen/kg
Ireland: ~500 sen/kg

Pendapatan bersih doktor (sambil membayangkan kesusahan pakcik penoreh getah/penyapu sampah beranak 5 di Malaysia) Sapu sampah di sini pun boleh dapat paling2 dalam 700/800 euro sebulan.
Msia: ~4000 sebulan
Ireland: ~8000 sebulan (2000 euro)

Dengan mengurangkan subsudi gula (peningkatan harga 20 sen) kerajaan dapat berjimat sebanyak 117 juta setahun.
Dengan melaksanakan projek email untuk semua rakyat diatas umur tah berapa tahun, kerajaan dah membazir 50 juta. Dengan lawatan 60 orang wakil untuk persidangan wanita tah apabenda kat mana tah, pembinaan bangunan 100 tingkat dan lain-lain sila kira pembaziran yang berlaku.

lama dah menulis yg ni tapi tersangkut dekat draft. lupa dah apa nak dimasukkan lagi.



Perhimpunan BERSIH 2.0 tak lama lagi. Jom pakat ramai-ramai turun KL sertai perhimpunan tu.

Kalau sebelum merdeka, orang ramai berkumpul jugak dan berarak untuk menentang kezaliman, tapi sekarang rupanya tak boleh pulak. Tambah menyedihkan, ramai pulak yang buta perut hanya memikirkan periuk nasik masing-masing. Tak pandang masa hadapan dah, dia kira kalau ada perhimpunan tu, kedai tutup, tak dapat buat duit, rugi. Ish ish...sedih dengan orang macam ni.

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Sebelum merdeka, kebanyakan gerakan menentang penjajahan diketua golongan muda, no wonder la kerajaan sekarang penuhkan jiwa anak-muda dengan perkara yang membaculkan diri anak-anak muda ni supaya tak dapat bangun menentang kezaliman.

Kalau rasa aku tipu, baca balik buku teks sejarah sekolah menengah! Pastu, boleh jugak kot baca satu buku ni yang macam menarik, The Other Malaysia.

Aku harap sangat dapat join BERSIH, namun apakan daya, daku masih berada di bumi asing ini. Semoga Allah memenangkan pihak yang benar!

ALLAHUAKBAR!


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One more

Alhamdulillah. One more to go and hopefully me and my friends are done with fouth med. Torturing year it is indeed.
No wonder they (seniors) said that its the hardest of all year although final year bear the most important result of all.
Pray for our success and hopefully one day we all can go back n serve the nation.
Not to forget, congratulations to all final year seniors from RCSI, UCD, TCD and Galway who already finished with their undergrads study. Congrats Doctors!

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Lately there has been so much things happening in Malaysia espcially regarding the commotion made by PERKASA. As a malay, i feel so ashamed to have them as my countrymen. Plus, many of them are muslim and i personally think they probably don't know that they should never act in such a way.
Islam is a religion of peace and those shitheads act as if they are thw protector. From my point of view, they are not better than the Zionist. Suppressing and manipulating others using the name of race!

Malaysian style seafood noodles is very nice here. This picture has nothing to do with the post above.


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Touched

Any of u even seen this video before?. I know its lame. Just a video. Really? or could it be more?



Have you watch it? What do u think? Cute isn't it?
Superficially, it seems like just another cute video (it is?) from Youtube where some random guy posted a video and somehow become famous instantly like a quick 2 minutes instant noodle. ^___^ .
Obviously inappropriate symbolism i got here. LOL.

Anyhow, the video itself might mean nothing to many but rather just enjoy it for whatever reason be it the cuteness or just simply amazing voice of the fathers for some.

Only when you read more or maybe stalk more about it, then you'll know that it was not just another video.
It was a therapy session for the girls and i'm quite sure also for the father himself.

It was a love story. Something that many are afraid to venture into after multiple failure. Hopefully after read the article below, you-who-had-multiple-failure would not stop from venturing into those area again because whatever happen, life must go on.

It is also a prove that Allah The Almighty is in power to bring about the wealth or whatever goodness to you if he desired in a way that you never expected.

Marry those among you who are single, or the virtuous ones among your slaves, male or female: if they are in poverty, Allah will give them means out of His grace: for Allah encompasseth all, and He knoweth all things. (An-Nur: 32)

Click here you'll be touch after you finish reading it. I hope so. ^___^

P/s: my obs n gynae rotation almost comes to an end meaning that final exam is only 2 weeks away. Pray for me lads. Wassalam


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Experiences

Just a quick lame update as i'd already left this blog unattended for a few weeks.

Interesting experience so far while doing the ObsGyn rotation.

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1. Met a lady today who is already 5 months into her pregnancy unaware of the baby and had a PV bleeding a few times before which she put down to her irregular cycle. 
Everyone was laughing like hell while she had her abdominal U/S following her reaction. Surprisingly her abdomen was not as distended as you would expect it to be. Another example of how everything was not like a textbook. 


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2. Attending clinic has been good experience so far for me but not to others. I'm very sorry for you guys except to those who keep complaining and exert a negative effect to others by discourage them to go to clinic just because you have a bad experience. Not everyone will get the same treatment for sure but you don't discourage others. yes you may tell them whom and whom not to go with during the clinic but as usual, there are other good doctors who is caring enough to teach you one or two things.
Keep complaining would not make the situation any better unless you really go and see prof!
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3. Newborn baby is actually almost light blue in colour. I only saw one delivery so far and it was by caesarean section. Hoping to see more in the next 2 weeks and possibly do one or two or maybe more delivery. At least when I'm ready to have my own child, I won't be fainting next to my wife (insyaAllah) who is in a great pain waiting for the baby to come out. ^__^


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4. Today i took a history from a nurse and a doctor. Both are inpatient because of their blood sugar level was elevated. One is a type 1 DM patient while another is being investigated for a possibility of gestational induce diabetes. "Being a patient was absolutely a different experience from treating one. you will only know if you have gone through it on your own" more or less what they said to me.

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5. Everyone who is doing ObyGyn rotation in Rotunda got an email yesterday saying that starting today, the attendance will be taken for every tutorial because the attendance has been very poor for some. If you fail to get 100% attendance, there will be no exam for you this coming May. Finished reading it the only thing i can say is "Alhamdulillah....". Part of the lesson that we have in Rotunda Hospital is about its old heritage and the legacy of this hospital and its founder. Bartholomew Mosse. I never thought that we would be spent about 3 hours just to listen to the historical lecture. Anyhow, it was much more interesting that i thought. Didn't even took my usual lecture nap. ^___^

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6. Birds of the same feather would always try to flock together but sometimes even the similar species would eat on their own if food supply is scarce. (does this make sense?LOL). In shorts, respect your teacher or your name would be known to others as someone who do not know how to respect them. Yes we could be friend with our teacher but respect their position is a must. lesson learned! ^___^
Unrelated

mood at the moment



bye


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Let the game begins!

Sedar tak sedar, dah hampir setahun aku dalam tahun 4 di RCSI ni.
Harini aku memulakan satu rotation baru dan terakhir untuk tahun ni.
Rasa macam baru beberapa bulan lepas saja aku buat general practice. Rotation pertama tahun ni untuk aku.

So, ramai orang cakap this is the most demanding of all rotation. Pack schedule plus sooooo many stuff to read and many are new untuk aku sebab ObGyn is considered one of the specialty dalam medicine. Rasanya ada hampir 40 quizzes dan 14 cases untuk dihabiskan. Paling banyak setakat ini.

Satu minggu nanti akan ada labour ward untuk belajar dan menyaksikan sendiri kesusahan wanita melahirkan bayi. Lepas tu, satu minggu nanti aku akan ke Kilkenny, bagi peripheral rotation. Lain-lain masa, kami semua diharapkan agar menjadi seperti intern untuk membantu dan belajar sendiri (first hand) dari team-team di hospital dan juga dari nota-nota. oh, nanti ada juga surgery dan kena revise balik anatomy. [-.-']

Jadi, harap korang semua doakan aku. Lagi 6 minggu, ada exam dan selang 2 hari kemudian, bermulalah peperiksaan akhir untuk tahun 4 ni! Semoga Allah membantu aku dan rakan-rakan dalam menjalani rotation ini dan juga peperiksaan yang menanti kami.

The books that i will probably never finish reading them

Rabbish rahli sadri wa yas-sir li amri wahloul uqdatam mil-lisaani yafqahu qawli
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةًمِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
[25-28: طه]


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Know your right


To take part in election is exercising your right. Sometimes, we don't even know whether the election process is being done either truthfully or not. So, hopefully with this short video (obviously will never be from RTM) will raise some awareness about your right as a citizen. Before this, i heard that one of my relatives said to me that the vote could be trace thus for government officer, it would be bad if they choose to vote for the opposition. I thought it was an excuse that she gave so that she does have to go out to vote. Now, i know it is true. So, after this, you should not afraid anymore about your vote being trace.

I still remember that during the general election in 2008, the undi post did not reach Ireland. It stucked somewhere in UK according to the person from embassy at that time. I was wondering at that time what happened to those votes that did not reach the people that they were supposed to. Hopefully no one cast the vote for them and it was considered as undi rosak.

In Malaysia, we (you) are rarely being educate about our right because if they (government) do, they know that people will go against them. That's why they are able to manipulate and do as they wish. The reason that they are afraid of internet also could be linked to increase in level of education and awareness among citizens. For years, we have be bullied indirectly by not being able to know our own right, be it in education, health, legal, banking system etc.

People would only know about their right if they go to lawyer and looking for some legal case to be sorted. The best example was how the saman ekor was being manipulated all these while. That way it was constructed was illegal as being exposed recently and now, the JPJ and the authority are looking a way to restructure it so that they will be able to continue collecting the money from rakyat. New system is on the way, so be careful. ^__^

As shown in this video, some worker (including police, doctors, teachers etc) who was paid by the government to serve the rakyat (people) act as if they were the only truth. Whatever they say is right and you cannot go against them. If only you know your right, they won't be able to do that. The same about doing a rally which was suppose to be control by the police, not being held by them!

This is only a little exposure of your right as a citizen although it would give a great impact on the future of our beloved country, Malaysia. Hopefully, Malaysians would be able to exercise their right without any fear anymore.  

yours truly,
A young generation of Malaysian


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Their Secret?

Assalamualaikum wbt and good mornig everyone,

The whole Japan today are combating a battle with the destructive force brought by the 'nature' (so called by the 'westerners')  about 7 days ago. Earthquake and tsunami. As they are struggling to cope and make a comeback, 'nature' brought another weapon at the destructed area, snow and cold weather. It probably will take some time  for them to win this battle. Expert opinion predicted that it could take as long as 10 years to bring everything as they were before. In some places, probably never.


Since the first day of the tragedy, i'd been following the live news from CNN, BBC and some other sources such as newspapers, blogs etc. I always find that following 'natural disaster' interesting. I am amaze by the scale and the kind of thing happened. For me, it was a reminder and at the same time, you can try to imagine if something were to happen during the end of the day. As a Muslim, we believe that Allah SWT created something for a purpose. Even in such a disaster like this. I don't want to go into the debate about 'why HE did this is he were the most merciful etc' because then it will be out from my initial reason when writing this. If you want a good explanation about that, feel free to watch a short video by Dr. Zakir Naik.


At the moment, a nuclear plant is becoming a nuclear time bomb. You probably know in detail about this thing. In short, all the 3 safety plans that supposed to contain the explosion had failed and now they are preventing what is worse to come. All are because of earthquake and tsunami. As a human, we planed for the best. In the end, it was HE that determined everything. But the point here is that we have to be prepared and don't just rely on nothing. We have to plan and work towards it and remember that at certain point, we might need to change it accordingly. The backup is a must.

Amid the chaos at the moment, some people are starting to rebuild their life. What struck me the most is to see how they can do it in a very orderly manner. Very beautiful indeed. Normally, after every disaster, all that we can see are pictures of people 'fighting' against one another for the free stuffs. The flood in Pakistan and Bangladesh, rice truck accidents in Malaysia, 2004 tsunami in Indonesia and so on. However, the scenes in Japan is totally different. All we can see is that people are helping each other to cope with the tragedy. More stories could be read here.

20 years of my life, I haven't seen anything like this. After any disaster, all sources that I read from tell me that people struggling for themselves. However, since a week ago, another unfamiliar scene came out from Japan. After seeing this, now it all makes sense that they could recover very fast after the 2nd WW. And is you visited the link above, we can see that the Japanese were able to practically applied the theories that we were thought as a human especially as a Muslim. Be kind to others and not to only think about ourself. It doesn't just stop at individual level but even companies.

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We talked a lot about creating Muslim individual, Muslim family, Muslim community and all the hierarchy up to the Muslim governing the world but so far, very little have been shown to the world when it comes to the practicality. The Japanese probably has shown us how we shall behave as a community and if you think closely, the only thing that they lack is Islam itself. If not, they probably would be the best Islamic Nation in the world. So, what are their secret? Care to share your thoughts? Maybe those friends who is in Japan at the moment or who have been there could share their thoughts or anyone who have read something about the Japanese would like to share something? ^___^

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Wassalam.


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