Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Have a Meaningful AIDILFITRI 2024

 Have a Meaningful AIDILFITRI

“Benih yang baik, jatuh ke laut menjadi pulau” – Malay proverb
A seed (benih) is packed with potential. But it would not grow into its potential without absorbing and making full use of resources from the outside – like sunlight, water, and nutrients. A seed left in a bottle for years will remain a seed. Good seeds can go bad if they are kept too long.
Similarly, you and I – we too are like seeds, packed with potential. However, like seeds, we can only grow if we make full use of opportunities that lay outside of us - making full use of resources outside of our own. Staying idle stunts us. Idle for too long, we become a deadwood or marginal.
Today, we are faced with a worrying trend where many in the 20’s and early 30’s are choosing to stay idle or jump in and out of work while “waiting for that perfect job”. They are unlikely to reach their potential as one needs to stay at a job for some time to develop marketable skills. The discipline to stay at one job for a period of time, aligning one’s goal with the company’s goal, is a crucial requirement for success.
Many do odd jobs thinking it is a smart move as it brings easy and good money. Odd jobs, done beyond a reasonable period, will soon be considered as a main profession, and work history. These young people will fall into the part-timer’s category of the work force.
It is essential that we convince them to take a job. A real full-time job that provides external resources that they can absorb and grow like a good seed. To nurture the skills required to succeed like discipline, self-motivation, time management, money sense, communication, problem-solving, leadership etc. and functional skills specific to a job role.
Be a good seed – as only, “benih yang baik”, when it falls into the vast sea, can grow into an island.
Have a Meaningful AIDILFITRI
Maaf Zahir & Batin
Salam, anas

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

HOW TO BE A GOOD-HEARTED MATURE MALAYSIAN – Learning from the sock incident.

You and I, let us be a good-hearted mature Malaysian. The next time we chance upon a potentially sensitive issue, like pair of socks with the word Allah printed on it, we work hard to contain the issue making sure it does not blow up, hurting many, and spread nationally especially via social media.

We must have good faith that other fellow Malaysians are good-hearted and mature too. We do not do such things to hurt others, wantonly and purposely. We have good hearts, respect and care for each other. With a heart that is good, we would first assume that it would be very likely be an honest mistake. We do not need to allow it to snowball into a national issue.
Our standard operating procedure should be, upon discovering such coincidences or accidents in any operations, is to speedily contact the person in charge so that the organization can nip it in the bud. A mature Malaysian knows well that no business will do such things deliberately knowing for sure that they will lose their customers.
While we all wish for the ideal situation where no mistakes occurs and quality control is airtight, humans will continue to make mistakes. We must have a safety mechanism - by being a good-hearted mature Malaysian. We know how to make things better, not worse.
We confine religion and traditions as unity platforms. To bring us together. To unite. These we spread like wild fire. Let it snowball not just nationally, but we show the world that our religion and traditions are our foundations of unity.
As a good-hearted mature Malaysian, we guard our religion and traditions from becoming tools that create animosity. But these start with a good heart. We need to nurture our hearts. As the Prophet said,
“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart” - Sahih al-Bukhari.
Peace, anas.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024


“Tolaklah (kejahatan yang ditujukan kepadamu) dengan cara yang lebih baik”
Kepada sesiapa yang benar-benar percaya bahawa sesuatu kejahatan telah dilemparkan kepada Islam. Mereka yang yakin dengan sepenuh keyakinan bahawa ianya bukanlah sesuatu yang dilakukan dengan tidak sengaja.
Maka inilah hidayah AL Quran – cara terbaik membalas kejahatan tersebut.
“Dan tidaklah sama (kesannya dan hukumnya) perbuatan yang baik dan perbuatan yang jahat. Tolaklah (kejahatan yang ditujukan kepadamu) dengan cara yang lebih baik; apabila engkau berlaku demikian maka orang yang menaruh rasa permusuhan terhadapmu, dengan serta merta akan menjadi seolah-olah seorang sahabat karib.
Dan sifat yang terpuji ini tidak dapat diterima dan diamalkan melainkan oleh orang-orang yang bersikap sabar, dan tidak juga dapat diterima dan diamalkan melainkan oleh orang yang mempunyai bahagian yang besar dari kebahagiaan dunia dan akhirat.”
Quran 41:34-35
Yakinkah kamu dengan hidayah Al Quran? Ataupun kamu lebih yakin dengan hidayah setengah pemain-pemain politik?
Pilihlah Al Quran.
Salam, anas

Saturday, March 23, 2024


Cendekiawan beragama Hindu kagum dengan Kerahmatan Islam yang di contohi Nabi Muhammad. Walaupun Nabi kita mempunyai kuasa mutlak untuk menghukum musuh-musuh Islam yang telah berlaku teramat jahat dan salah terhadap agama Islam, pengikut-pengikut dan dirinya sendiri, Nabi kita dengan penuh rahmah mengampuni dan berlaku baik terhadap mereka.

Kata Prof. Ramakrishna Rao dalam bukunya, Muhammad – The Prophet of Islam,
“At the conquest of Mecca, he stood at the zenith of his power. The city which had refused to listen to his mission, which had tortured him and his followers, which had driven him and his people into exile and which had unrelentingly persecuted and boycotted him even when he had taken refuge in a place more than 200 miles away, that city now lay at his feet. By the laws of war, he could have justly avenged all the cruelties inflicted on him and his people. But what treatment did he mete out to them?
Muhammad's heart overflowed with the milk of love and kindness as he declared, "This day, there is no reproof against you and you are all free".
This was one ·of the chief objects why he permitted war in self-defence- to unite human beings. And when this object was achieved, even his worst enemies were pardoned. Even those who had killed his beloved uncle, HUMZA, mutilated his dead body, had ripped it open and chewed a piece of his lever.”
* Sila muat turun buku tersebut untuk membaca keseluruhan isinya. ( )
Dan tiadalah Kami mengutus kamu, melainkan untuk (menjadi) rahmat bagi semesta alam. - Quran 21:107
"Maka, berkat rahmat Allah engkau (Nabi Muhammad) berlaku lemah lembut terhadap mereka. Seandainya engkau bersikap keras dan berhati kasar, tentulah mereka akan menjauh dari sekitarmu. Oleh karena itu, maafkanlah mereka, mohonkanlah ampunan untuk mereka, dan bermusyawarahlah dengan mereka dalam segala urusan (penting). Kemudian, apabila engkau telah membulatkan tekad, bertawakallah kepada Allah. Sesungguhnya Allah mencintai orang-orang yang bertawakal." Quran 3:159
Semoga kita yang Islam di Malaysia mencontohi Nabi Muhammad dengan zahir dan batin dan senantiasa memperingati ayat-ayat Al Quran di atas.
Salam, anas

Wednesday, March 20, 2024


A how-to approach.
1. Take the Prophet as our example. Grab every chance to practice his behavior.
2. Practice mercy.
“And We have not sent you, [O MuḼammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” - Quran 21:107
3. Practice gentleness, kindness and avoid being harsh or hard-hearted. Consult with the people involved and make informed decisions by speaking gently. Improve communication. Act with compassion, forgiveness, and ultimately, put your trust in Allah.
“ So by mercy from Allah, you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him]. – Quran 3:159
4. Nurture a sound and good heart. The Prophet says,
“There is a piece of flesh in the body if it becomes good (reformed) the whole body becomes good but if it gets spoilt the whole body gets spoilt and that is the heart”. Sahih al-Bukhari.
Thank you. Peace, anas

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

KELUARGA NABI: What does the Quran say?

I refer to the recent news about an individual claiming to be the descendant of the Prophet.
This subject matter is not new to Muslim history and society. The Quran at 16:64 says, “ We have revealed to you the Book only to clarify for them what they differed about, and as a guide and mercy for those who believe.”
So what does the Quran say?
“ Muhammad is not the father of any of your men,1 but is the Messenger of Allah and the seal of the prophets. And Allah has ˹perfect˺ knowledge of all things.” – Quran 33:40
“The Prophet has a stronger affinity to the believers than they do themselves. And his wives are their mothers…” Quran 33:6
“The believers are but one brotherhood, so make peace between your brothers. And be mindful of Allah so you may be shown mercy.” Quran 49:10
The wives of the Prophet are called “Mothers of the Faithful” or in Arabic "Umm al-Muminin". So who you think is KELUARGA NABI?
Peace, anas

Sunday, February 18, 2024


Hey guys!!! Welcome back to our MPPI Talk Series. I will be moderating the above webinar this Wednesday.
CEO Institute For Development Studies (IDS) Sabah.
Member of National Unity Advisory Council (MPPN)
Researcher, Author, and Executive Committee of the Malaysian Historical Society.
Date: 21st February 2024 (Wednesday)
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Meeting ID: 961 5469 9445
Passcode: 117459
Peace, anas


Thursday, February 8, 2024


“To be rich is not how much you make, but how much you save”
- Ng Beng Heng (1917 – 1987)
Why Gen Z must learn to be PRUDENT
Being prudent involves knowing how to care and think for our future – a skill that needs to be practised early, from the time we are schooling. However, this skill becomes crucial when we start working. It determines our success or failure in career and life. Gen Z must pay attention to being prudent.
Nurtured early with prudent living, we create a savings culture and the ability to delay gratification. When we are just getting started, we make smart choices like making our own coffee instead of paying inflated prices at cafes. Buy a Bezza when we can afford a Myvi. We dress smart and simple instead of wearing designers’ brands. Choose practicality over the latest mobile phone models. Exercise at the park instead of paying gym fees. The extra money saved is used to further education and for self-development, as an emergency fund; and for investments to create wealth.
We are aware that to retire well we need to save 50% of our income starting from our first salary. So, when we are drawing a salary of RM4000, we live a lifestyle of one who earns RM2000. We are mature and have a long-term vision. This is only logical since income from our first 30 years of working is needed to sustain us during our 30 years of retirement.
We are also shrewd when using credit cards – we are transactors, not revolvers. We pay off the outstanding balance every month and so incur no interest charges. Revolvers tend to pay off only part of their monthly balance and incur heavy interest charges that snowballs. Many jump from one job to another in search of better salary just to pay off their credit card bills thus upsetting a well-thought-out career plan.
We who are prudent are concerned about investing in ourselves. We focus on life skills and professional development. We keep fit and healthy, sleep and eat right. We build confidence and steadiness. As a person who is self-assured, we do not need to spend to show off or buy expensive things to feel good.
However, it does not mean we live a miserly life. We nurture the skills to manage the wants of today while preparing for the needs of tomorrow. The wisdom to not hold on to our money till we are choked and not let it go until we are bare. It is no surprise that the common synonyms of the word ‘prudent’ are judicious, sage, sane, sapient, sensible, and wise. The ability to have or show sound judgement and exercise restraint guided by sound, practical wisdom, and discretion.
Let us be prudent.
Let us add value,
Have a Meaningful Chinese New Year.
Peace, anas.