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PRESS RELEASE

Isnin 31hb Mei 2010

The Government of Malaysia is urged to condemn Israeli raid on the Lifeline4Gaza humanitarian aid flotilla.

Latest Development on the Lifeline4Gaza Flotilla

1. As have been widely publicised, the Lifeline4Gaza flotilla has come under attack by the Israeli armed forces. Israeli aggressors have boarded the capital ship Mavi Marmara and open fire resulting in 3 volunteers dead and more than 30 others seriously injured.

Mavi Marmara is one of the 7 strong flotilla enroute to Gaza to deliver the much awaited material aids to the besieged people of Gaza.

2. Twelve volunteers including media representatives from Malaysia is on board the capital ship Mavi Marmara. Their participation is purely humanitarian in nature.

3. All the objectives and movement of the flotilla is in compliance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009) and all relevant maritime regulations. Resolution 1860 stated among others:

a) Appeal for deliverance of humanitarian aid to Gaza including food, fuel and medical assistance.

b) Urge efforts to ease passage and other mechanisms for the unimpeded deliverance of aids.

c) Call for all nations to support such efforts at the international level to alleviate the dire humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza.

d) condemns acts of agression and attacks on civilians and all forms of acts of terrorism. Every Malaysian participants in the flotilla are holding fast to the international regulations and laws and vow to uphold the goodname of Malaysia and our national aspirations.

4. The flotilla is laden with 10,000 tonnes of material aid. Over 540 volunteers are on board Mavi Marmara, including Parliamentarians, academics, journalists, scholars, an infant less than a year old and a senior citizen over 80 years old. No weapons were brought in this flotilla even for self defense which testifies to the wholly humanitarian nature of the mission.

5. Based on these facts it is very clear indeed that Israel has violated international laws. Whatmore the raid took place in international waters and on an unarmed aid ship on a humanitarian mission. Israeli rash action deserve a worldwide condemnation in the strongest possible term.

6. We appeal to the Government of Malaysia under the premiership of YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak and Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor in her capacity as patron for the Palestinian Aid Donations Drive to issue a statement condemning Israel for the murderous aggression on a peaceful flotilla whose objective is to deliver aid to the beseiged people of Gaza.

7. We call for the UN to convene an emergency assembly to pass a strong resolution against Israel and to summon Israeli leaders to the international court of justice for crime against humanity.

8. We call upon the Malaysians from all walks of life to express their utmost concern of the grave situation and to be ready to respond to any need for action and calls for our support in dealing with the incident.

9. We appeal to all political leaders, NGOs and the Malaysia people to join together in coming to the aid of the volunteers.

10. We also call upon every strata of the society to continue to supplicate and pray for the success of this mission and the safety of the volunteers from further untoward incidence.

Zulkifli Mohd Nani

Chairman

Crises Management Team for LL4G Malaysia

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O God, show us the Truth as truth, and bestow upon us obedience (to it), and show us falsehood as falsehood, and bestow upon us refrain (from it).

The path

Posted on: March 16, 2010

On that Day the evildoer will bite his own hand and say, ‘If only I had taken the same path as the Messenger. Woe is me! If only I had not taken so and so as a friend — he led me away from the Revelation after it reached me. Satan has always betrayed mankind’. The Differentiator: 27-29

Say, ‘This is my way: based on clear evidence, I, and all who follow me, call [people] to God — glory be to God! — I do not join others with Him’. Joseph: 108

Beberapa nota berkenaan ayat Makkiyah (Meccan Surah) daripada Surah An-Nas — Al-A’la:

1. Asas saya adalah keimanan yang tulus kepada Allah yang Esa, yang suci tanpa sekutu. Keimanan bahawa Allah Maha Melihat, Mengetahui yang tersembunyi dan yang nyata, Maha Pengampun, Maha Berkuasa dan Membalas serta menghakimi makhluk pada hari Akhirat. Keimanan kepada Allah, Tuhan yang mencipta langit, matahari, bintang dan bulan, yang menurunkan hujan supaya adanya kehidupan, mencipta malam dan siang serta menghamparkan bumi.

2. Saya harus meletakkan matlamat pada Akhirat dan memahami bahawa dunia ini adalah tempat beramal dalam satu tempoh tertentu serta memahami bahawa kematian itu dekat dan pasti serta Akhirat itu lebih baik dan kekal. Saya menyedari bahawa segala amal saya akan dibongkar di Akhirat, dan yang beruntung adalah mereka yang menerima keputusan melalui tangan kanan. 

3. Saya harus kembali kepada Allah dalam setiap urusan dan meletakkan pergantungan kepada Allah daripada kejahatan makhluk dan bisikan halus yang target hati dan sentiasa menariknya kepada kesesatan.

Ini semua akan melahirkan amal berupa:

4. Saya harus mendirikan solat, merapati Al-Quran, bertasbih dan mengingati Allah serta menyampai kebenaran Islam, membenarkan perkara kebaikan dan saling berpesan kepada kebenaran dan belas ihsan (compassion).

5. Saya mesti belas ihsan kepada anak yatim, fakir miskin dan golongan yang tak bernasib baik serta bersyukur terhadap nikmat Allah melalui ubudiyah kepada Allah dan menyampaikan apa yang membawa saya kepada hidayah. Saya mesti memberi harta demi penyucian diri dan mengharap redha Allah semata-mata serta bertaqwa kepadaNya.

6. Saya mesti saling berpesan supaya sabar dalam menghadapi tentangan/ujian melalui sujud (solat) dan mendekatkan diri kepada Allah. Saya tidak boleh kompromi dalam soal mentauhidkan Allah.

7. Saya mesti membaca dan menulis serta memerhati alam semesta kerana Allah, dalam rangka memahami wahyu, kebenaran dan apa yang belum saya ketahui. Apabila habis satu kerja, saya harus mulakan yang seterusnya dan menjauhi penyakit suka menangguh.

8. Saya mesti mendidik diri menjauhi riya’ dalam ibadah, menjauhi slandering, mengikis cinta terhadap harta dan dunia serta berjaga-jaga terhadap perlumbaan mengejar kemewahan sehingga melupai kematian dan hari Kiamat.

9. Saya mesti memperingat diri tentang keburukan dan akibat sikap sombong, tamak dan rasa cukup, melampaui batas, kedekut, mendustakan kebenaran, berpaling daripada petunjuk, sikap melampau dan suka menyebar kerosakan di muka bumi (melihat/mengkaji kisah orang Quraisy seperti Abu Jahal, Abu Lahab, Al-Walid Mughirah, kaum Ad, Thamud dan Firaun).

Sesungguhnya kebahagiaan itu adalah,

Anda hidup untuk fikrah kebenaran

Yang lahir dari aqidah yang agung,

Yang dapat memecahkan persoalan alam yang besar

Dan menjawab apa yang ditanyakan orang-orang yang bingung,

Dengan kesedaran yang lurus:

Dari mana aku datang? Ke mana aku akan pergi? Untuk apa aku diciptakan? Apakah aku akan kembali?

Aqidah akan menyebar ke dalam jiwa yang yakin,

Dan mengusir keraguan yang degil

Ia akan mengajarkan pemikiran yang lurus,

Menciptakan akhlak yang terpuji

Ia mendatangkan kaedah yang benar,

Kepada setiap pemikiran yang sesat

Ia memberikan nilai kepada kehidupan anda,

Dan banyak kehidupan menjadi kukuh dengannya

Agar anda menatap dengan pandangan anda,

Ke ufuk tujuan yang jauh ke depan

Untuk hidup di dunia lain yang tiada sirna tiada binasa,

Anda hubungkan dunia anda dengan langit

Dan dengan Malaikat yang menyaksikan

 Kematangan aqidah bagi orang yang bahagia,

Merupakan asas dan sendi

Barangsiapa yang hidup dengan memikul aqidah,

Dan mengumandangkan sebutannya

Maka dialah orang yang berbahagia

Oleh: Shaykh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi

Prophet Muhammad PBUH recommended the Muslims many morning and evening adzkar [1] and du’a [2]. There is one du’a which to me, reflects a working model of a person’s mental state.

The du’a is (a transliteration):

“Allahumma inni a’udzubika min al-hammi wa al-hazan, wa a’udzubika min al-‘ajzi wa al-kasal, wa a’udzubika min al-jubni wa al-bukhl, wa a’udzubika min ghalabati ad-dayni wa qahri ar-rijaal.” 

which translates into :

“Oh Allah! I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from cowardice and from miserliness, from being overcome by debt and from being overpowered by men (other people).”

There are 8 things that feature in this du’a:

  1. grief/anxiety (risau tak tentu hal)
  2. sadness/depression (sedih berpanjangan)
  3. weakness (lemah)
  4. laziness (malas)
  5. cowardice (bacul)
  6. miserliness (kedekut)
  7. debt ridden (hutang keliling pinggang)
  8. overpowered (tidak merdeka)

In other words, Islam promotes a philosophy of composure and happiness, might and diligence, courage and generosity, minimal or debt free as well as independence and freedom.

While these are qualities in individuals, the principles can also translate into social attitude and values in governing.

[1] Plural for zikr – remembrance of God.

[2] Supplication to God.

Source: BBC 

There are five “tiers” within the points scheme within which people applying to work in the UK would be categorised.

Tier One: Highly skilled
The most skilled professionals will automatically have enough points to come to the UK without a job offer and seek work or set up a business. This tier includes entrepreneurs, top scientists and business people. Tier One is the first part of the system to be rolled out with ministers saying it will be fully operational worldwide by the end of summer 2008.

Workers in this category have the most flexibility in the UK and greatest opportunities to settle for good because the system regards them as having the most potential for generating wealth benefiting Britain.

Tier two: Skilled with job offer
This covers people with qualifications or important work-related experience in a huge range of sectors from health service workers to white collar jobs and the trades. People in this category will be given points on their talents and will be allowed into the UK if they have a job offer in a “shortage area” such as nursing. Tier two will come into force from late 2008 and employers will need to register as a sponsor. The government says that employers who don’t meet strict criteria could be barred from bringing in foreign workers.

Tier three: Low skilled
Until now, the government has allowed temporary migration to jobs in hospitality, food processing and agriculture from all over the world.

It is has now cut these permissions in favour of workers from the expanded European Union, who do not need prior permission to arrive. No date has been set for this tier to be activated. Officials say they believe vacancies can be filled with EU workers.

Tier four: Students
This will come into force in 2009 and covers those paying for tuition in the UK. Universities and colleges increasingly depend on the income from overseas students – and many institutions have developed formal links with counterparts abroad. In previous years student visas have proved controversial, with allegations that it was a route open to abuse.

Tier five: Temporary workers, Youth mobility
This will include professional sports people or professional musicians, who want to “work” in the UK for an event such as the Olympics or a football match, or a concert. The youth mobility aspect is intended to cover cultural exchanges or working holidays by young people. This will be in force before the end of 2008.