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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Pak Non


I knew Allahyarham Pak Non many years ago via our blogging activities.He hailed from Alor Setar but lived in Putrajaya. According to my friend Pak Hasnul Arifin,he passed away last month,but sadly I knew of it only today when my birthday wishes for Pak Non got a response from his friend that Pak Non has passed away.May Allah bless his soul and put him among the solihin and return to al Jannah,insyaAllah.


As fellow senior bloggers,we read each other blogs and he gave me a lot of advice.He was also an avid photographer and has a few photo books.On one morning,we met at Presint 8 for photo walking and later I had breakfast with him and his family.We took each other photos.

Dear Pak Non:My apologies to you,Sir for not making an effort to visit you in Titi Gajah,Kedah.InsyaAllah I shall compile my photos of Putrajaya into a book.

Thank you Sir for your brotherly advice.

Pak Non's blog.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Tazkirah:LAYERS OF HIJAB


In this photo,I don't have the full view of the sun as it arises due to some clouds but I know for sure the blurred whitish image hanging above the horizon is the sun.Sometimes,we see the sun in full view,at times ,it is fully hidden and sometimes it is partly hidden.But we know it is there all the time.If not,all of us will be frozen to death.
When we see a beautiful sun rise,the first hijab was removed-the physical layer.Peeling off another layer with some knowledge,we know and understand what is the sun,its location relative to where we are and what is it made of and what roles it plays in the whole solar system and the universe.

I just wonder how the sun could continue giving us light and heat(among other things that I don't know of) non- stop for thousands of years?What kind of fuel it uses?Another layers of hijab will open and tells us there is a continuous state of nuclear fission taking place there..As we probe further and deeper,I come to question that science does not have an answer:Who created and put the sun into orbit for the benefits of mankind?
From seeing ,we move to understanding and we go further to meaning.Going deeper,we dig into the meaning of the meaning.



Once a month in the 60s,my late father took me to Kota Bahru for shopping with my mother.On one occasion,after our lunch at Sumatra Restaurant,he suddenly told me that we had to go home.I was not very happy because I needed more time to wander around in KB.I complained to him but he said no and we have to go home.When I asked why ,he replied:"A lot of people are waiting to see me at our house".I asked again,"How do you know?"(No mobile phone at that time)He replied,"I have kashaf.You have 14 inches hijab".I just shut up and followed him.By the way,my late father was Tok Guru Pondok Beris,Bachok ,Kelantan.Only 40 years later I knew the meaning of hijab.
Once the 'hijab' is removed,then we can 'see'.

Friday, 5 August 2016

WORDS POWER

WORDS POWER:

About a week ago,I met my SDARA senior Dato Salamon Selamat at our Hari Raya gathering at Putrajaya Lake Club.On seeing him,I went straight to see him and thanked him for teaching me a good habit I acquired more than 50 years when I was in Remove Class, SDAR,Tanjung Malim.He was in form four then and a school prefect.During a prep class,he taught me to set up a vocabulary book.At that time,as a kampung boy I think I knew not more than 100 word of English as I came from a Malay medium school.In six years,when I sat for my MCE,I got C3 for my English.As they say,the rest is history.



Well,what is so great about words?As a simple example,without knowing the right word,I would not be able to write a good sentence.Empowered with the command of English language,I was able to get an engineering degree from Sheffield ,England.Again,the rest is history.



To young parents,please inculcate the culture of having a vocabulary book for your children.It is a great asset for them later in their adult life.By the way,I have a few dictionaries in the office and at home.