Monday, April 29, 2013

Realiti siapa?

"Sorry ya, apa yang saya tweet ni mesti penyokong PR tak suka tapi ini realiti - kalau PAS berkuasa, industri filem & muzik kita akan hancur".

There's so many angles to comment/criticise/maki hamun the preceding statement. Let me focus on one: realiti. Is PAS currently in power in Malaysia? Is it a 'reality' yet? The work 'kalau' seriously negate your meaning of reality.

Is it a reality, or your personal conviction?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

be my imam

It is nice to read that women are demanding their future husband to be able to be their imam. I hope the women are ready to be the ma'mum, and don't make that demand only to deflect the expectation that they have the ability of a chef. For example, be ready to spend according to your imam's capacity: don't let your nafs guide your spending habit. Otherwise, find an imam with deeper pockets.

lose-lose scenario: 
men don't want to be an imam, women don't want to be chef.
win-win scenario: 
men learn to be a good imam, women learn to be a good chef.

Imam has to work harder to convince their ma'mum to spend less, instead of working harder to deepen their pockets

Lagi besar periuk, lagi banyak keraknya.

Peringatan daripada Allah (surah at-takaathur, ayat 1&2): "Kamu telah dilalaikan (daripada mengerjakan amal bakti) oleh perbuatan berlumba-lumba untuk mendapat dengan sebanyak-banyaknya (harta benda, anak-pinak pangkat dan pengaruh), Sehingga kamu masuk kubur."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Musim berkempen ni, banyak la keluar statement "dah terbukti XYZ, masih lagi nak mengundi parti PQR?"
Orang yang buat statement itu berasa pelik mengapa ada orang yang tidak terpengaruh dengan bukti-bukti jelas dan hujah-hujah yang bernas.

What about this statement?
"Dah terbukti merokok itu berbahaya, mengapa masih lagi merokok?"

Sila mintak orang yang berasa pelik di atas untuk menjawab, terutamanya kalau dia merokok. Dari situ dia akan faham mengapa orang lain tak membuat kesimpulan yang sama dengan dia: mengapa orang lain masih nak menyokong parti PQR tu.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Tunggu kejutan

DS Najib minta rakyat tunggu kejutan berkenaan penamaan calon. Saya akan terkejut jika:

1) BN meletakkan calon berstatus ulama bagi semua kerusi di Kelantan
2) DS Najib sendiri tidak bertanding
3) nama saya masuk senarai calon
4) calon wanita melebihi calon lelaki
5) 50% menteri kabinet yang lalu tidak dicalonkan

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Azam 1


One of my azam for this year was achieved. This means I'm a certified trainer for HRDF-claimable trainings.

Attention in solah

A very good way to learn something new is by teaching something you already knew. From personal experience, this new knowledge or awareness can be obtained either by design of by accident. When teaching the topic of attention in Cognitive Psychology class, I’ve learned something about khusyu’ in solah.
When asked to explain attention as it applied in solah, many students tend to say that solah requires selective attention. This type of attention requires the person performing solah to attend to some information or event and filter out other irrelevant stimuli. This rather simplistic view of attention may be derived from the common understanding that khusyuk involves paying full attention to the acts involved in performing solah: understanding the recitations and looking at the sujud spot, for example. It could also mean the students are not fully appreciative of the other type of attention: divided attention.
At first, it might be counter intuitive to say that we have to divide our attention when performing solah. However, we need to understand that divided attention refers to the act of switching attention between two or more tasks or stimuli. This does not mean that we switch back and forth between solah and irrelevant tasks. It should be taken to mean there are more than one tasks or events that occur during solah.
Consider a solah in jamaah. The makmum has to pay attention to their personal physical performance of all the rukun of solah. At the same time, they have also to pay attention to the voice of the imam. If attention is not divided between intrapersonal and extrapersonal events, then the makmum would not be able to follow the imam. Being able to direct attention to intrapersonal event is called endogenous attention. When we perform the takbiratul ihram, we direct our attention to making the niyyah. Before we can begin to recite surat al-Fatihah, we have to subject ourselves to exogenous attention whereby external stimuli (e.g. the voice of the imam) act as a signal for us to pay attention back to our personal action.
If we reflect on what we actually do during solah, we may come to the conclusion that solah is a complex ibadah that involves behavioural, cognitive and affective components. It is no wonder that we have to use a lot of cognitive resources to perform the solah. We can consider solah as a task with high cognitive load. When we use our cognitive resources fully, then we will not have spare capacities for irrelevant tasks like doing a maintenance rehearsal on the formula for standard deviation. May Allah make it easy for us to maintain sufficient level of attention when communicating with Him.