NADI08: A Reflection

I fell like writing back. So many things to write on, but let me start with this email I wrote to MCOT mailinglist. My personal reflection on our two-week programme NADI08.


Salam wrt


Tahniah kepada adik-adik yang berjaya memulakan diskusi – kesimpulan untuk program 2-minggu kita NADI08.


One important thing I learned back when I was in Egypt studying the old kitab ‘Taalim al Mutaallim fi Tariqi Ta’lum’ (Teaching the learing on the ways to learn- rough translation) is these words:


‘Ilmu itu adalah apa yang lekat dan terkesan pada peribadi’.


Saya tambah lagi untuk kegunaan sendiri:


‘Ilmu itu adalah apa yang lekat dan terkesan pada peribadi, serta diterjemahkan kepada tindakan’


Saya percaya : It is not what you know that is important, but what you do or how you act upon the knowledge that you have is counted.


The different between us and the generation of the Companions is that apabila kita dapat satu ilmu (e.g from hadis/ayat Quran) most of them cuma masuk telinga kiri keluar telinga kanan. Berapa banyak ayat Quran yang kita dah dengar tapi we never act upon it? Berapa banyak hadis yang kita dengar tapi valuenya satu pun tak berjaya lekat dalam peribadi kita? Dalam 6666 ayat quran ( ada khilaf mengenai bilangan ayat, sesetengah ulama mengatakan bilangannya adalah kurang) – berapa banyak yang we have actually acted upon it? The generation of the Prophet (yang berjaya menyebarkan Islam ke serata dunia dalam rate yang unbelievably high), once they learn a new verse, say 10 verses for today, they will go and amalkan semua values yang ada. And that practise makes them dearer to Allah than us. That Allah granted them the victory.


Dan NADI08 kali ini, asalnya adalah a part of usaha untuk mengamalkan hadis berikut:


Dari Abu Hamzah, Anas bin Malik radiallahuanhu, pembantu Rasulullah, dari Rasulullah, beliau bersabda: Tidak beriman salah seorang diantara kamu hingga dia mencintai saudaranya sebagaimana dia mencintai dirinya sendiri.(Riwayat Bukhori dan Muslim)


Itu value dan guidance yang Allah letakkan when it comes to our relationship with other human being. Regardless of colour, race, geography and even RELIGION. I have to stress that point. Saya tak ingat speaker mana yang menyampaikan ayat ini kelmarin di Sirahtour, I think it was Imam Suhaib Webb – non-muslims must be honoured and treated just the way we treat our muslim brothers and sisters. Why? Because Allah Himself honoured the sons of Adam. (Check al Quran for the exact verse saying this~) So why must not we do the same?


Dua minggu ni rasanya berjuta-juta maklumat dan info baru yang kita dapat. Tetapi berapa peratus daripada ilmu tu yang dah dihadam, kemudian dah diterjemah jadi output. Berapa banyak yang telah berjaya masuk dalam action plan kita? 3 hari kita belajar mengenai betapa pentingnya kita merampas alQuds dari golongan Sahyuniyyah i.e. zionis – the next day did we still indulge in Nestle products? Have we started to pray for our brothers and sisters there? did we go and vote during the election (university~ ) for the candidate that will do something for the justice (Action Palestine said that in Birm Uni, Palestinian Soc is not allowed, our rep can definitely to something about this)? Loads of other steps that we can make to act upon what we know, at least the knowledge we obtained during the first three days of NADI08.


Syriana film that we watched might be a ‘heavy’ one for some, but what we try to do here is to get you into thinking – if this is how the world runs, what can you do about it? To get everyone to think that watching a film should not just be for pleasure but as a medium to get knowledge. Saya teringat ayat penulis favourite saya once upon a time, Hizairi Othman (he has been missing in action for years, unfortunately or else he would be as famaous as Faisal Tehrani right now) in his novel Jukstaposisi, mafhumnya : Dua jam menonton filem membolehkan kita untuk merasai bagaimana jika kita berada dalam satu-satu situasi yang in real life we might not get in.


Hopefully the screening triggered something. Train ourselves untuk melihat sesuatu using the Islamic worldview. We don’t have much time left to do something for fun, even watching a film should be seen as a method to learn and seek knowledge, thus hopefully can be regarded as ibadah.


The best dialogue in that film, for me, might be this one:



Danny Dalton: Some trust fund prosecutor, got off-message at Yale, thinks he’s gonna run this up the flagpole, make a name for himself, maybe get elected some two-bit, congressman from nowhere, with the result that Russia or China can suddenly start having, at our expense, all the advantages we enjoy here. No, I tell you. No, sir. Corruption charges! Corruption? Corruption is government intrusion into market efficiencies in the form of regulations. That’s Milton Friedman. He got a goddamn Nobel Prize. We have laws against it precisely so we can get away with it. Corruption is our protection. Corruption keeps us safe and warm. Corruption is why you and I are prancing around in here instead of fighting over scraps of meat out in the streets. Corruption is why we win.



I was shaking when Ustaz Maszlee mentioned the results of the survey done by his lecturer friend in MMU Malaysia, regarding the perception of Malaysian students on rasuah and corruption.Never thought that we are actually that bad. Spontaneously I remembered what Raja Petra (RPK) wrote previously in one of his articles (Malaysia-today) – Malaysian Muslims are good Muslims in term of rituals (solat, puasa, zakat, haji) but embrace nothing of the Islamic values. We just put an importance of being a good Muslim for the ‘form’ but have nothing of the ‘substance’. Shocking that these students regarded themselves as practising Muslims (they prayed, fasted, paid zakat) but they just could not see that some acts of corruption are prohibited by Islam. some of them just could not see preventing injustice and fighting for justice is as compulsory as performing solat five times a day! What a strange value system!


Funny that we’ve been tought on the 6 rukun Iman since we are 6 or 7, but as we grew up, we acted as if we’ve learnt nothing of it. If we do believe that Hari Pembalasan will occur, then none of us will have the guts to bribe, tipu undi, songlap duit orang lain for fear of the day of Judgement.


Now I’ve dragged you to our own country instead of discussing about our brothers in some other lands. But let’s recall back what Ustaz Syed Kadir said earlier. According to Usul Fiqh, if an injustice occur on country/state, the responsibility to fight against it falls to the people of the soil themselves. Then the people of the countries neighbouring it. Then the further ones and so on. So if some injustice is done in our very own land, WE are responsible to fight against it.


These are my reflections on this two-week program. I’m not imposing anything to others,I’m just sharing my thoughts. If there’s anything wrong, please correct it. I’ve said lots of things, and I’d be the first one to be asked is me myself whether I’ve done what I’ve said (what a motivation!)


By the way, I forwarded this Action Palestine email on some events happening this week. If you are free, please attend the meeting with our Palestinian sisters specially invited, and later share with me what you’ve got. (I have 9-5 lectures for the whole week unfortunately! ). and the Iraqi week as well. Our brothers and sisters are there, remember?


Many thanks to those wo worked really hard for the event. And those who attended as well.


Ideas on improvement are very much welcomed.


Take care everyone!


Action Palestine wrote:
To: Afnizar_mohd@
Subject: Palestian women speak out on tuesday + FW: IRAQ WEEK at Manchester University
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2008 22:59:12 -0400
From: Action Palestine


Palestinian women lift the veil of myths and speak out

International Women Day event

Thursday, 13 March – 5pm
Biko’s Cafe, UMSU basement
Oxford Road, Manchester

Ordinary women from Palestine talk about their daily life experiences as students, workers and parents… under oppression. The opportunity to listen and learn first hand as well as ask whatever questions cross your mind is a rare and invaluable opportunity.

Imtethal Alaqad,
a student of Al-Najah University in Nablus

Rawan Abu Amreyya,
an English and Gender Studies student at Al Quds in Abu Dis

Shatha Zeedeh,
a student of the Al Quds Open University in Salfeet

This visit is part of the tour organised by The Britain Palestine Twinning Network at the time of International Women’s Day in March 2008. The first of its kind, the tour will bring women from all across the West Bank and from all walks of life to dozens of places over about ten days.

———- Forwarded message ———-


IRAQ WEEK at Manchester University

Marking 5 years since the start of the war on Iraq, this event aims to bring together a number of Iraqi scholars and individuals whose research or cultural production focuses on Iraq, and provide people with awareness about pre and post war Iraq.


Although many of you may not know, the violence in Iraq is ongoing and many are still being killed everyday, whilst the media’s potrayal of what is happening is very limited…


Hopefully through this event, we can show solidarity with the Iraqi people, their resilience and continuous struggle against the forces of occupation and extremism.


This event is organised by the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) at the University of Manchester.


Thanks for all the hardwork of Dr. Dalia Mostafa and Dr. Michelle Obeid who organised these events.


The programme of events is as follows:
____________ _________ _________ _
Monday 10 March


12:00 – 1:30pm
Venue: A113 ,Samuel Alexander building
Speaker: Haifa Zangana on her new book City of Widows: An Iraqi Woman’s Account of War and Resistance.


3:00 – 4:30pm
Venue: Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum
Speaker: Anne Alexander (SOAS), on:
`Regime Change from Below: Hidden
Histories of the Iraqi Revolution of 1958′. 7.00pm-
Charity meal for Iraqi orphans with Iraqi Oud Player extraordinaire Ahmed Mukhtar

____________ ____
Tuesday 11 March


12:00 – 2:00pm
Venue: Schuster Bragg, Schuster Building
Speaker: Maysoon Pachachi on: The Film School in Baghdad


12:00 – 3:00pm
Iraqi Food will be served at the International Society Café


____________ ___
Wednesday 12 March


12:00 – 1:30pm
Venue: Williamson G.47
Speaker: Kamran Rastegar (University of Edinburgh), on:
`Dreaming of Baghdad: Post-Invasion Iraqi Cinema’.


3:00 – 4:30pm
Venue: LG12, Samuel Alexander building
Speaker: Mark Krantz (Stop the War Campaign), on: `The World Against War’
____________ ________
Thursday 13 March


12:00 – 1:30pm
Venue: W3.13, Samuel Alexander building
Speaker: Kamil Mahdi (University of Exeter), on: `Iraq, Five Years of Occupation: What’s Next’.


2:00 – 5:00pm
Venue: Mansfield Cooper G21
Screening of the documentary `About Baghdad’ by filmmaker Sinan Antoon.
Q & A session following the film.
____________ _________ ____
Friday 14 March


3:00 – 4:30pm
Venue: The Committee Room at the Manchester Central Library (2nd Floor)
Speaker: Sami Ramadani on: `US Strategy in Iraq and the Middle East’.


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