SALAM AIDILFITRI : Rasuah LAWAN Sirat-al-Mustaqim
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Izinkan saya berkongsi mesej #RasuahBusters sempena Hari Raya Aidilfitri tahun ini.
Amalan rasuah dilarang dalam Al-Quran dengan kerana ia menghalang daripada pelaksanaan keadilan. Dalam Islam, berkelakuan adil adalah sifat paling dekat dengan orang soleh, atau memiliki Taqwa.
Taqwa adalah istilah dalam ajaran Islam yang membawa maksud satu kesedaran mendalam akan kewujudan Allah dan KebenaranNya. Tanpa Taqwa, Allah tidak terpahat di dalam hati dan fikiran kita.
Maka, Rasuah menjauhkan kita dari Sirat-al-Mustaqim.
Sirat-al-Mustaqim merujuk kepada jalan Islam yang menuju ke arah jalan kejayaan di dunia mahupun akhirat. Ia adalah jalan yang lurus, iaitu jalan yang direstui Allah. Mereka yang memberi dan mengambil rasuah memilih jalan yang sesat dan dimurkai Allah.
Sebagai orang Islam, kita berdoa setiap hari kepada Allah, "Ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭa al-mustaqīm" – “Tunjukkanlah kami jalan yang lurus”. Amalan memberi dan menerima rasuah membuat kita tergelincir daripada Sirat-al-Mustaqim dan menjadikan doa kita tidak telus, tidak serius dan kepuraan.
Bersempena Aidilfitri ini, marilah kita berusaha untuk terus mengambil jalan yang lurus, jalan berpandukan Sirat-al-Mustaqim supaya tidak terjerumus dalam amalan rasuah. Dengan Taqwa teguh di dalam hati kita, kita pasti berjaya.
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, MAAF ZAHIR & BATIN dari kami semua di zubedy.
may 13, 2021
Note: Gambar ini adalah pertemuan Aidilfitri keluarga anas pada tahun 2018. InshaAllah, pada tahun 2022 kelak dapat bertemu beramai-ramai sekali lagi.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
HAVE A MEANINGFUL AIDILFITRI
Allow me to share a #RasuahBusters message for this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
Rasuah is forbidden in the Quran on the basis that Rasuah distorts the course of justice. In Islam, being just is nearest to being righteous, or having Taqwa.
Taqwa is an Islamic term for being conscious of God and Truth. Without Taqwa, we do not have Allah in our hearts and minds.
As such, Rasuah takes us away from Sirat-al-Mustaqim.
Sirat-al-Mustaqim refers to the path of Islam which leads to the path of success here on earth and the hereafter. It is the straight path, the path of those favoured by God. Those who give and take Rasuah are those who have gone astray.
We Muslims du’a daily to God “Ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭa al-mustaqīm” - Guide us along the Straight Path. The giving and taking of Rasuah directly derail us from following Sirat-al-Mustaqim and make our du’a insincere, frivolous and hypocritical.
This Aidilfitri, let us strive to constantly take the straight path and never fall to Rasuah. With Taqwa anchored deeply in our hearts, we will succeed.
Have a Meaningful Aidilfitri, MAAF ZAHIR & BATIN from all of us at zubedy.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
WORK-BASED LEARNING WEBINAR - Connecting Higher Education, The Industry and Future Talents
Malaysians are rightfully worried about the quality of graduates that we are producing the last many years.
More and more graduates are facing unemployment. The industry sees a widening gap between what the institutions of learning produce and what industry expects in terms of both technical and soft skills – especially life skills like adaptability, language and people skills.
Can Work-Based Learning help address the situation?
Join us tomorrow not just as a an attendee, but participate with readied questions and ideas.
You can register and post your questions and thoughts here
Date: 16 April 2021 (Friday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
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Meeting ID: 984 7902 8373
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Thursday, April 1, 2021
WEBINAR - A zubedy - HRDF-Taylor’s collaboration
- Connecting Higher Education, The Industry and Future Talents
Date: 16 April 2021 (Friday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
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Meeting ID: 984 7902 8373
In recent years, WORK-BASED LEARNING (WBL) has captured a lot of interest as a model for tertiary education and human capital development. WBL is viewed positively as a more flexible, balanced and holistic approach towards education. The curriculum for WBL is WORK: on-the-job learning. Knowledge is presented in the form of practical use, not just theory. As such, WBL is able to produce graduates who are more ready and relevant to the world of work.
However, the WBL approach is still new. There is an urgent need to connect higher education, the industry and future talents better. More is needed in the partnership between Higher Education bodies and the Industry (both private and public).
This partnership must take into account not just people-to-people collaboration but that of process, structure and the application of knowledge. It is important that both the industry and institutions of higher education understand and agree on the conceptual framework and the purpose of WBL.
WORK-BASED LEARNING will only be successful if the FOCUS is on STUDENTS – the learner.
It is key for us to ask, “What are the best ways to ensure that learning is carried out according to the needs of the students, so that they acquire the right skills, attitudes and behaviours to be successful in the job market?”
DATO' ARIFF FARHAN DOSS
Chief Operating Officer,
Human Resources Development Fund
SPEAKER: PUAN LATIFAH DAUD
Executive Director and Head,
Strategic Human Capital Management
of Khazanah Nasional
Managing Director, zubedy (m) sdn bhd.
Adjunct Professor, Taylor’s University.
DR. ANINDITA DASGUPTA
Head, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Taylor’s University.
Join us. Thank you. , anas
Saturday, March 27, 2021
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER?
Preferably those between 35 to 45 years of age, but, more importantly: -
1. Have an INTRAPRENEURIAL mindset and willing to share risk – i.e., want to be a partner and earn money from profit sharing, not a salary.
2. Willing to lead and manage our subsidiary, portfolio or projects – depending on your strengths.
3. Willing to invest money and/or time. Money investment not main necessity. We need business leaders, not investors. But with investment, profit sharing will be different. But we expect you to set aside cash for your own survival initially.
4. Willing to delay gratification, put in the hours, and FOCUS ON ONLY ONE BUSINESS.
5. Able to lead a small team and a matrix team.
6. Go getter - Get things done, make things happen (we are not looking for those who want to just make side income and with parasitic nature).
7. Healthy physically, mentally and financially – know how to be prudent.
8. Work with love and passion – balancing People, Profit and the Planet.
9. Ability to advice, facilitate and teach higher management is an added advantage.
10. Have the Capacity, Performance and Achievement oriented, good People and Presentation Skills and have Integrity - the last one being most important.
The most suitable individuals are those Gen X who want to run their own business but unsure how to start. Those who want to work with someone who is willing to mentor, share and who already have a working business model, products and services, processes and brand.
Interested parties, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc to my PA email@example.com a short write up explaining why you are the right candidate. Kindly note that I will not entertain a meeting until you have first sent your write-up (unless we already knew each other considerably). Just one page will do. You can attach any supporting documents too.
Let us add value,
Thursday, March 11, 2021
CAN WE USE ALLAH IN THE BIBLE ?
Here is my conclusion - you can download the whole book https://bit.ly/3lWCCl6
It is about TRUST.
It is clear that it is not only permissible to use the term Allah to refer to God in the Bible, it is exactly what the Quran wants us to do.
What an irony. I would like to thank my Christian brothers and sisters in their effort to make Allah the universal name of God and wanting the name to be the preferred reference of God in the Bible.
But, you must not stop there.
You must also strive hard to ensure that not just the Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia Bibles use the term Allah but all the other translations in the world regardless if they are in Japanese, English, Russian or Hindi uses the same term.
Malaysian Christians can lead the world of Christianity to make Allah the universal name of God with the solid support of their Muslim brothers and sisters.
Anything that can bring us closer together must be supported. A shared universal name to call our God Allah seems a most appropriate place to start. Failing to do so will create mistrust because the correct term for God in Malay is Tuhan. The Muslims will question your consistency and sincerity. Because the real issue here is Trust. Not the technicality of the term Allah, Tuhan, Elohim, Elah etc. This is where we need to focus.
This is what we need to pay attention to.
There are three levels of trust missing.
Firstly, we do not trust each other. The Muslims perceive the inconsistency of Christians wanting to use the term Allah in the Malay Bible and not the other translations as a plot to convert Malay Muslims to Christianity. And, the Christians perceive the Muslims rejection of the usage of the term as another strategy to block the spread of the Christian faith to Muslims in Malaysia. This feeling is deep in the Christian psyche as they find the lopsided law on conversion in Malaysia to be unfair (check what the Quran says about this at 83:1-3 and 5:8).
Secondly, we do not trust ourselves. The Muslims lack confidence of fellow Muslims and feel that just by using the term Allah, their faith towards Islam can be shaken. The Christians lack confidence that being Christ-like is enough to attract others to the faith. That when you turn the other cheek, you win.
Yet the deepest rot is the lack of trust in Allah or God or Tuhan or any other name with which you want to call upon Him! Both Muslims and Christians fail to trust that Allah will be with those who are true and love those who trust Him. If we do so, we have nothing to fear and nothing to grieve. Failing to trust Him, we become weak, insecure and misguided.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
WHY MANY MUSLIMS HAVE FORGOTTEN THE UNIVERSAL MESSAGE OF ISLAM AND PRACTICE AN 'US AND THEM' ATTITUDE
HISTORY OF ISLAM – A QURANIC PERSPECTIVE.
What does the Quran say about the history of Islam?
To put things in perspective, we must first understand the Quranic worldview about religion and Allah.
The Quran suggests that all religions came from Allah as He has sent messengers everywhere in the course of history; a few are named in the Quran mainly those from the Abrahamic line while the rest are not clearly mentioned at all. But definitely there were other messengers sent to other geographical areas like Asia, Europe and the Americas, etc. although the Quran strategically remains silent about the other geographical locations so as to be all inclusive. Here are clear examples.
“Of some apostles We have already told thee the story; of others We have not;- and to Moses Allah spoke direct;” - Quran 4 : 164
“We did aforetime send apostles before thee: of them there are some whose story We have related to thee, and some whose story We have not related to thee. It was not (possible) for any apostle to bring a sign except by the leave of Allah…” – Quran 40:78. Also refer to 21:25, 17:77, 43:6.
In fact, the Quran is uncompromising about this all-inclusive approach that it decrees that any Muslim, who does not accept even one of the messengers, named or unnamed, ceases to be a believer! Muslims also can’t make any distinction between any of them.
“Those who deny Allah and His apostles, and (those who) wish to separate Allah from His apostles, saying: “We believe in some but reject others”: And (those who) wish to take a course midway They are in truth (equally) unbelievers; and we have prepared for unbelievers a humiliating punishment, To those who believe in Allah and His apostles and make no distinction between any of the apostles, we shall soon give their (due) rewards: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful” - Quran 4:150-152. Also refer 2:136, 3:84
To stress this all-inclusive approach deeper, the Quran makes it very clear that Islamic and Muslim history must not be seen as starting from Prophet Muhammad as the Prophet himself was made to declare that he follows the religion of Abraham.
“So We have taught thee the inspired (Message), “Follow the ways of Abraham the True in Faith, and he joined not gods with Allah.” - Quran 16:123. Also refer to 16:20, 2:135, 3:95, 4:125, and 6:61
From the Quranic standpoint Prophet Muhammad is not the founder of the religion. He was the seal, the final one, the prophet who came to conclude a long string of messengers from the very beginning of human history.
“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things.” – Quran 33:40
To make it final that Islam must be inclusive, the Quran stressed that it is Allah – not Prophet Muhammad – who named Muslims, Muslim; long before the birth of the Prophet.
“And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discip-line). He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before (and in this Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah. He is your Protector - the Best to protect and the Best to help!” - Quran 22:78
If we use the Quran as its own witness, almost all of the history books on Islam, whether written by Muslims or Non-Muslims, that usually record Islam with the coming of Prophet Muhammad and make the Prophet as the founder of Islam run contrary to the Quranic stance. At best they are relating the history of the Arab people and how the Arabs impacted the world and built an empire based on their ‘new faith’, Islam. (Here is where the historian Albert Habib Hourani got it right by calling his book “A History of the Arab Peoples”.)
The Quran’s version of the history of mankind started with Adam, the first civilized homosapien, one who is endowed with the power of conceptual thoughts and language: our ability to talk (Quran 2:31). As such Islam’s history is world history, not the history of the Arabs.
“When thy Lord drew forth from the Children of Adam - from their loins - their descendants, and made them testify concerning themselves, (saying): “Am I not your Lord (who cherishes and sustains you)?”- They said: Yea! We do testify!” (This), lest ye should say on the Day of Judgment: “Of this we were never mindful” - Quran 7:172. Also refer to 7:31, 7:70, 2:33, 2:37, 7:27
“O ye Children of Adam! Whenever there come to you apostles from amongst you, rehearsing My signs unto you, - those who are righteous and mend (their lives), - on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” - Quran 7:35
It is this myopic view and basic assumption of Islam’s history as beginning from the time of Prophet Muhammad, that over the years has steered Muslims to deviate from having a universal approach towards Islam and hence have grown to be more and more exclusive rather than inclusive of all the other communities and spiritual traditions. This in turn makes Muslim society monopolistic towards Allah and the Heavens, creating a clear dichotomy and an ‘us’ and ‘them’ approach negating the Quranic position that all who worship in the monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques are in essence venerating Allah.
“They are those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right,- (for no cause) except that they say, ‘our Lord is Allah..’ Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another, there would surely have been pulled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid his (cause);- for verily Allah is full of Strength, Exalted in Might, (able to enforce His Will).” - Quran 22:40
In short, in the study of the history of Islam, we must not miss this very important verse,
‘And, verily, this community of yours is one single community, since I am the Sustainer of you all: remain, then, conscious of Me!” - Quran 23:52
Thank you and Peace.
(Re-hatched from one of my books)