AKHLAK ISLAM

Akhlak yang baik itu semua orang suka.
Hatta orang yang tidak Islam pun suka, kerana itu fitrah.

Bila mereka tengok orang yang membawa Islam itu baik-baik belaka, lemah lembut dengan mereka, suka menolong, pemurah, pemaaf, beri kasih sayang dan merendah diri, bertolak ansur, maka tentu tertarik hati mereka dan teringat-ingat pada ajaran yang dapat menjadikan manusia-manusia sebaik itu.

Bahkan mereka tertanya-tanya, “Bagaimana kamu sebaik ini?” Tentu kita jawab, “Inilah ISLAM.” Maka mereka akan berkata, “Saya pun ingin jadi Islam.”

Begitulah jika AKHLAK MULIA itu dapat kita miliki, kemudian kita jadikan senjata untuk memperjuangkan Islam, tentu sudah lama orang yang belum Islam itu masuk Islam.

Ustaz Mohd Fadli Yusof
Pendakwah Misi Kembara Syahadah ke Pedalaman Sabah (dan lain-lain lokasi).

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Islam, science not in conflict with each other

Saturday, November 9, 2013
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN | Rasidah HAB

THE director of the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) said contemporary society must be taken into account when teaching about Islam.

  • Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar, Director of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) speaks at the closing ceremony yesterday. BT/Rasidah Bakar

“The world now speaks very highly of science and technology, so many ideas are related to science and we should address that, Professor Datuk Dr Osman Bakar said in an interview with The Brunei Times as the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies 3rd International Conference came to a close at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) yesterday.

The three-day international conference, which carried the theme “Towards a Healthy Youth Culture: the Role of Islamic Family and Educational Values”, attracted more than 30 speakers.

“Modern science and technology pose problems for the young if they do not understand it properly. In the West, science has been used to reject religion. They say we do not need religion because everything can be explained by science and every problem can be solved by applying technology,” he said.

“We as Muslims cannot accept that sort of position. Because in our case, religion and science are not in conflict with each other. They do not contradict,” Professor Datuk Dr Osman added.

  • Some of the participants at the closing ceremony of the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies 3rd International Conference closing ceremony at UBD. Picture/Rasidah Bakar

The conference, which was co-organised with the Brunei Youth Council (MBB) and UBD’s Students Affairs Division, was aimed at tackling issues important to today’s youth, such as the challenges of globalisation to their cultural identity, the Islamic perspective on a healthy and sustainable youth culture, and family and educational values for youth development.

“Our speakers and participants unanimously agreed that one of the emerging challenges is the dissemination of false ideas available to youth, particularly in the new electronic media, which resulted in confusion of the minds of the young as to what is true and false.”

This confusion coupled with a lack of religious knowledge and understanding have led to what many have dubbed “social ills”.

“They are not able to digest all the information that they come across because they do not have the necessary knowledge to judge which one is true and which one is false,” he said.

Professor Datuk Dr Osman added that illiteracy was a major problem in the Muslim world.

“In the conference, we listened to facts and figures where millions of youths throughout the Muslim world basically do not know how to read and write. Many of the young have led an aimless life. They do not have vision and clear objectives of what they are supposed to do. Many of them finish school well before they should and as a result, do not have sufficient education,” he said.

“We hope Muslim global organisations such as the Organisation of the Islamic Conference will address this,” he said, adding that the conference allowed participants to compare positive and negative experiences.

“The academics should continue to work together with youth leaders, community leaders, youth organisations so we can mutually benefit from it,” he said.

“Youth organisations deal with the actual problems and challenges on the ground. Listening to these challenges and problems (from the organisations) will give academicians some ideas on how to solve it. That is why we really would like to present later on our findings to the stakeholders, especially ministries concerned with youth, such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.”

The conference is designed to help policymakers formulate more effective policies to prevent or overcome social ills among Muslim youth in general and Bruneian youth in particular.

Professor Datuk Dr Osman said young people are generally keen to change what they consider unjust in society.

This he said was seen during recent political uprisings, such as those in Egypt.

“They (young people) have hopes, ambitions and they would like to see good flourish in society. When what they think they deserve is not given to them, of course they react. We cannot just dismiss the reactions of these youth. We should try to understand them.

“In general, this does not only happen in the Middle East. How should we help the young? The elders need to guide them,” he said, adding that this is where Islam plays an important role.

“Islamic teachings can guide the youth to lead a meaningful and productive life. Muslims can engage in activities such as entertainment as long as it is within the moral bounds of Islamic teachings. Islam can provide youth with the necessary knowledge to become the future leaders of the ummah (community).”

SOURCE: Islam, science not in conflict with each other

The Brunei Times | Professor Dato’ Dr. Osman Bakar

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Salam Terakhir & Pergi Tak Kembali

Sampaikan salam buat semua
Salam terakhir salam teristimewa
Kepada kau yang tersayang
Pada teman yang ku kenang
Pemergian ku ini tak dirancang

Usah bertanya mengapa aku
Mengucap salam terakhir kepada mu
Kerna waktu berputaran
Bimbang tak berkesempatan
Melahirkan kerinduan terhadapmu

Demi sebuah kenyataan
Yang amat menyakitkan
Aku yang tidak berdaya
Hanya berserah padaNya

Salam akhir
Salam yang teristimewa
Bersamanya ku memohon keampunan
Melaluinya ku peri kemaafan
Kepadamu

Andainya aku punya waktu
Masih ku ingin mengulangi semula
Saat indah bersama mu
Sayang tak berkesempatan
Abadikan saja salam ku di ingatan
Salam ku yang terakhir

Setiap insan pasti merasa
Saat perpisahan terakhir
Dunia yang fana’ akan ditinggalkan
Hanya amalan yang dibawa

Terdengar sayup surah dibaca
Sayunya alunan suara
Cemas di dada lemah tak bermaya
Terbuka hijab di depan mata

Selamat tinggal kepada semua
Berpisah kita selamanya
Kita tak sama nasib di sana
Baikkah atau sebaliknya

Amalan dan taqwa jadi bekalan
Sejahtera bahagia pulang kesana

Sekujur badan berselimut putih
Rebah bersemadi sendiri
Mengharap kasih anak dan isteri
Apa mungkin pahala dikirim

Terbaring sempit seluas pusara
Soal bicara terus bermula
Sesal dan insaf tak berguna lagi
Hancurlah jasad dimamah bumi

Berpisah sudah segalanya
Yang tinggal hanyalah kenangan
Diiring doa dan air mata
Yang pergi takkan kembali lagi


|Sudirman|
& [Rabbani]

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Phoenix Bangkit Dari Abu

Bina jambatan menuju ke seberang
Melangkah jurang lebar dan dalam
Dengan darah dan keringat, dengan airmata
Berpegang pada taliNya

Rapatkan saf semangatmu jangan goyah
Kota yang telah roboh harus dibina semula
Atas dasar kebenaran demi kita demi waris
Semua serangan yang datang kita tangkis

Jangan kau gentar pada bayang-bayang sendiri
Di sebalik pahit getir kemenangan menanti
Bagaikan burung Phoenix bangkit dari abu
Bangkit membina (semula) satu keindahan baru

Phoenix bangkit

Bina jambatan menuju ke seberang
Dengan darah keringat dan airmata
Melangkah ke seberang
Ke tanah yang dijanjikan, dirindukan
Demi cinta tiada lain

Demi cinta

||| M. Nasir |||

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Generasi muda penerus perjuangan bahasa Melayu

MENJADIKAN bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa setanding dengan bahasa-bahasa utama dunia bukan sesuatu kerja yang mudah.  Cabaran ketidakyakinan, pandangan sinis terhadap keupayaan bahasa Melayu pastinya ada walaupun negara ini telah mencapai taraf kemerdekaan lebih 50 tahun iaitu setengah abad lamanya.

Namun, isu-isu bahasa Melayu ini masih lagi lunak kedengaran.  Bak kata pepatah Melayu ‘rumah siap, pahat masih berbunyi’. Mengapa jadi begini?  Saya boleh katakan kita mempunyai masalah pada diri sendiri. Diri kita ini sakit. Bukannya sakit pada fizikal tetapi sakit pada hati dan sakit  pada perasaan. 

Kita masih lagi terbelenggu dengan sikap dan masalah untuk sayang pada bahasa sendiri. Bahasa Melayu umpama mengemis di bumi sendiri. Minta disayang dan ditatang, tetapi beberapa ramaikah yang sudi? Mengharapkan ahli politik membantu, saya tidak yakin 100 peratus.  Dunia politik hanya dunia permainan, dunia kepura-puraan untuk mengaut keuntungan kantung politik masing-masing. Tiada yang benar-benar ikhlas dalam perjuangan ini, kecuali mereka yang benar-benar tersemat di dalam hatinya bahasa Melayu perlu dimartabatkan di bumi bertuah ini.

Saya ingin menekankan di sini bahawa perjuangan memartabatkan bahasa Melayu bukan sahaja melibatkan kamu Melayu semata-mata, tetapi melibatkan semua kaum di Malaysia ini.  Saya berbangga terdapatnya ramai masyarakat bukan Melayu terus tegar memperjuangkan bahasa Melayu.  Bukan bermakna mereka yang bukan Melayu ini lebih hebat memperjuangkan bahasa Melayu telah dimelayukan oleh kaum Melayu.  Mereka tetap berbangsa Cina, mereka juga tetap berbangsa India atau seumpamanya, tetapi seperti yang saya nyatakan sebentar tadi, hati mereka telah tersemat dan berazam untuk mengangkat bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa rasmi, bahasa kebangsaan negara tanpa meminggirkan bahasa ibunda masing-masing.    

Angka 50 tahun pada perkiraan matematik sudah cukup lama untuk usaha membangun serta mengembangkan bahasa Melayu.  Setengah abad lamanya bahasa Melayu cuba diangkat kembali setelah jatuh tersungkur dek kerana penangan bahasa penjajah. Adakah kita gagal dalam usaha mengangkat kembali bahasa Melayu dan meletakkannya pada kedudukan yang sebenarnya?

Bagi pandangan saya, kita tidak gagal dalam  usaha ini, tetapi kejayaan kita hanya separuh masak, belum lagi boleh dikatakan jitu.  Malah, bahasa Melayu  yang sering dihimpit dan dipandang sinis oleh sesetengah pihak sebagai bahasa yang tidak berdaya maju, tidak mampu dikomersialkan dan bahasa yang bersifat kekampungan bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu.  Stereotaip ini sering kita dengar sejak dahulu lagi, dan khabar-khabar sinis ini akan  terus berkumandang dari semasa ke semasa.

Bagi seorang pejuang bahasa, ‘alah biasa tegal biasa.’ Halangan, cabaran untuk memaju dan memartabatkan bahasa Melayu sememangnya ada dan perlu ditempuh dengan hati yang sebar serta penuh kebijaksanaan intelektual dan bukannya emosi semata-mata.  Nadi perjuangan bahasa Melayu letaknya pada kekuatan ilmu pengetahuan. Perjuangan yang hanya berbekalkan semangat semata-mata tanpa disertai ilmu pengetahuan yang tinggi bagai ‘tin kosong’ yang tiada manfaatnya.     

Di samping itu, laporan audit bahasa yang diumumkan oleh Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) baru-baru ini yang memperlihatkan kepada kita mutu penggunaan bahasa Melayu dalam urusan rasmi jabatan kerajaan masih belum lagi mencapai tahap yang memuaskan. Belum lagi audit bahasa ini dijalankan dalam sektor swasta. Bagaimana pula agaknya mutu penggunaan bahasa Melayu dalam sektor terbabit?

Audit bahasa yang dilaksanakan oleh DBP ini pada pandangan saya adalah baik kerana ia memberi kesedaran kepada kita terutama penjawat awam akan kepentingan penggunaan bahasa Melayu dengan betul.  Selama ini kita tidak mengambil berat soal penggunaan bahasa Melayu dengan betul terutama hal-hal berkaitan surat-menyurat dan dokumen-dokumen rasmi. Dengan adanya audit bahasa ini diharapkan penjawat awam lebih peka dalam soal penggunaan bahasa Melayu tinggi dalam semua urusan rasmi kerajaan.  Langkah DBP melaksanakan audit bahasa ini bukan berniat untuk menghukum mana-mana agensi yang kurang peka dalam soal penggunaan bahasa Melayu tetapi lebih kepada kaedah menegur dan membetulkan mana-mana dikira perlu. 

Langkah ini adalah sekelumit usaha dalam perjuangan bahasa yang belum lagi selesai.  Mengapa saya mengatakan belum selesai?  Dalam kesibukan kita menggilap kembali kewibawaan bahasa Melayu. Terdapatnya suara-suara ketidakyakinan keupayaan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa pengantar dalam pengajaran dan pembelajaran sains dan matematik.  Suara-suara sebegini bukanlah yang pertama yang diterima oleh bahasa Melayu. Malah, banyak lagi suara-suara yang tidak enak didengar hal-hal berkaitan bahasa Melayu ini.

Halang-halangan ini harus ditempuh oleh bahasa Melayu dengan matlamat untuk mencapai status bahasa yang bersifat global dan bahasa pengantar ilmu pengetahuan. Saya  tidak nafikan banyak usaha yang dilakukan untuk bergerak ke arah tersebut. Namun, sikap dan normal jati diri yang masih nipis menyebabkan usaha-usaha ini bergerak secara perlahan.

Ditambahkan lagi, apabila membincangkan perihal anak muda dan generasi Y.  Saya percaya tidak ramai dalam kalangan generasi muda hari ini yang bersungguh untuk memperjuangkan isu-isu dunia kebahasaan seperti mana kesungguhan mahasiswa-mahasiswi Persatuan Bahasa Melayu Universiti Malaya (PBMUM) era 60-an dahulu.  Saya tidaklah mengatakan tiada langsung generasi muda yang mahu berpartisipasi dalam memartabatkan bahasa Melayu.

Mungkin jurang yang terlalu ketara antara generasi Y dan generasi X dan tiadanya ruang diberikan untuk generasi muda mengepalai sesuatu gerakan mahupun NGO seolah-olah kita melihat perjuangan bahasa Melayu ini hanya dipunyai golongan-golongan tertentu sahaja. Pandangan saya mudah, perjuangan bahasa Melayu hak semua lapisan masyarakat terutama anak-anak muda bukan tertumpu pada sesetengah sahaja.   

Kita tidak boleh menyandarkan harapan 100 peratus kepada generasi sedia ada sekarang ini untuk terus tegar memperjuangkan bahasa Melayu.  Hal ini disebabkan, pelopor perjuangan bahasa Melayu kini semakin dimamah usia dan jika tiada generasi pelapis saya khuatir bahasa Melayu dengan mudah disepak terajang oleh pihak-pihak yang selama ini menyimpan dendam terhadap bahasa Melayu.

Perjuangan bahasa Melayu kini terletak di bahu generasi muda sebagai wasilah tamadun pusaka bangsa.

Ditulis oleh: Mohamad Shafiq Rohaizad Buyong
(sahabat Kolej Kediaman Ke-8 Universiti Malaya)
Penolong Pegawai Perancang Bahasa, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Cawangan Sarawak

SUMBER: Surat Khabar SINAR HARIAN (dengan sedikit olahan)

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Farish A Noor

The rock star professor 

By Martin Vengadesan

Published: Sunday February 21, 2010 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday June 13, 2013 MYT 2:51:26 PM

SOURCE: The Star Newspaper (http://www.thestar.com.my/)

Who is this man who gives attention-grabbing quotes on controversial subjects and writes books that make politicians sit up and take notice?

FARISH Noor and I have a rather curious relationship. We’ve communicated sporadically over the last seven years mostly through e-mail, but we’ve never actually met. In fact, even though we’ve done a few phone interviews – including for this profile – I’m still not sure he knows who I am.

Still, I’ve got pretty good reason to believe that Farish Ahmad Noor (to give him his full name) does actually exist. After all, at least 50 mutual acquaintances have met the man, who is currently Senior Fellow at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. On more than one occasion I myself just missed running into him.

Anyway, the fellow (sorry, couldn’t resist) recently published a couple of books: a history book with an alternate emphasis, What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You, and Quran and Cricket, which is more travelogue than anything else.

Intrigued anew by the books, I looked the man up but, despite having access to a well-stocked archive, I was unable to find any proper personality profiles on him in the mainstream media. So I figured I’d try to provide a decent picture of this man who has often given frank and revealing sound bites as well as provided much fodder for thought with his provocative books.

As luck would have it, Farish was busy again, and we ended up doing the interview through Facebook! I’m sure we’ll meet one day, but for now you’ll have to be content with a jigsaw puzzle instead of a canvas painting.

History of truth

Penang-born Farish, 42, is a mildly prolific writer and a wildly prolific traveller. We first “met” in 2003 when he was based in Berlin and I e-mailed him some questions upon publication of a collection of his writings entitled The Other Malaysia – which grew from a malaysiakini.com column into a published book, to a website (othermalaysia.org) and, finally, a series of lectures!

Farish comes from quite the cosmopolitan family as he has Jawi-Peranakan (ie, Javanese and Eurasian-hybrid) and Indian and Arab blood. His mother, Noraishah Che Teh, was the first woman announcer to appear on RTM TV in the 1960s, while his father, Ahmad Noor, worked for Radio Malaysia. Farish and his younger brother studied mainly at St John’s Primary and Secondary school before Farish went off to Britain via a four-year detour in Sabah.

Initially a student of philosophy at the University of Sussex (where he attained an MA in 1990) Farish found himself fascinated with the past and became part of a wave of Malaysian thinkers who used the relative freedom of the post-Tun Dr Mahathir era (circa 2003, when Tun Mahathir stepped down as Prime Minister) to publicly re-examine the country’s official version of history.

“My background was in philosophy and I’m a philosopher by training. Much later I moved to political theory and began to work on the history of politics in Malaysia, pertaining to the history of the respective political parties.

“That was when I realised that even political parties distorted their own histories and some party members did not even know their own history. I was shocked when I interviewed a leader of a party who didn’t know the date of its foundation!

“And that’s when I realised that there were facets of Malaysia’s past that had been kept from most of us.”

Given the melting pot of races, religions and languages in this country, it can be argued that an honest examination of our history could lead to greater understanding. Farish thinks we should start with some basic truths.

“For a start, if people can read the Hikayat Hang Tuah to the end and realise that the man eventually renounced violence and became a pacifist, and if we can accept the long-term history of the keris as a Hindu-Buddhist object that emerged from a time when society was more cosmopolitan, that would be good enough for me. As a start!”

(Hikayat Hang Tuah, or Annals of Hang Tuah, is a Malay work of literature that tells the tale of legendary 16th century warrior, Hang Tuah.)

While many lament the weakness of our education system and have proclaimed the virtual death of an intellectual culture in Malaysia, Farish was pleasantly surprised by the interest shown when he launched his own lecture series in 2008.

“When I started The Other Malaysia lectures at The Annexe Gallery (the alternative arts/discussion space at Central Market, Kuala Lumpur), we were surprised that hundreds of people came. Once we had 200 people attend the lecture on Valentine’s Day!

“Now, they were not there to wish me happy Valentine, so it has to mean that there are plenty of Malaysians who want to learn and know more.”

Farish cites Herodotus (c 484-c 425BCE), Ibn Khaldun (1332-1395CE) and Simon Schama (1945-) as historians who have influenced him.

“Herodotus wrote of popular history, while contemporary (British) historian Schama showed that popular history need not be poorly researched vulgar history. The Arab historian Ibn Khaldun saw history as a discipline akin to sociology and not merely a recounting of dry facts.

“I would also cite South Asian historian K.K. Aziz (1927-2009), who wrote The Murder of History and taught me about the distortion of history by nationalist historians, as another important influence.”

As a history buff myself, Farish is certainly a man after my own heart. There aren’t too many people who can talk offhand about the Kandy kings of Sri Lanka or the Bangladesh coups of 1975, which makes him an ideal go-to-guy when I need some scholarly input to some of my more rambling socio-political articles.

But just where does one begin reading Farish’s stuff? I noted a certain degree of overlap between the original The Other Malaysia book and What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You (published last year). The latter has been superbly packaged by Amir Muhammad’s Matahari Books (mataharibooks.blogspot.com) and I wondered if Farish considers it to be his definitive work?

“No, I would say that my book on the history of PAS (see bibliography below) is my definitive work.

“That was truly a labour of love and it took me three years to work on that. It started my career and launched me as a historian, and I will be forever grateful to the Malaysian Sociological Research Institute for publishing an enormous book that size.

“It’s just a pity that the person who did the cover couldn’t spell properly, and there was actually a typo on the cover! Three years’ work and it ends up with a typo in the cover! I’m still smarting when I think of that!”

The good ex-husband

Having flexed his muscles as a non-fiction writer, one wonders if he’s tempted to swing both ways?

“I plan to retire early (when he turns 45) and when I do, I plan to do just that (turn to fiction).

“I’ve already started working on a graphic novel, as I happen to be an amateur artist as well, a hobby I’ve cultivated since my teenage years as drawing relaxes me, allows me to be at peace with myself – and gets me hot dates!”

Indeed, Farish is said to be something of a “rock star” within Malaysia’s intellectual community – and the man makes no effort to deny it!

“I cannot help it if I happen to be hot,” he types, presumably tongue in cheek. “I was born that way. Blame my mother for her looks. It’s genetics and I had nothing to do about it and cannot claim credit either.

“But I do draw! Frankly, I find it rather amusing at times, and it makes up for having to work on nasty politics and dealing with the banality of Malaysia’s public political life.”

At the risk of setting into motion an orgy of introspection, I ask Farish what sort of person he himself thinks he is, and his reply is telling: “My ex-wife (fellow academic Dr Christele Dedebant) once said, ‘You’re a lousy husband but the best ex-husband any woman could want’.

“I suppose it takes time to get to know me, as I still don’t really know myself, and I’m learning more all the time.

“The only thing that matters to me now is to remain on that path of honest discovery and to be truthful with myself.

“I’m not interested in politics even though it’s the subject of my research and teaching. I’m not impressed by wealth. I don’t have a television and have not watched anything on one for two decades now. I hate technology invented after 1945 and I still post letters that I write by hand.

“I suppose that makes me a historical object. Like an artifact. Or maybe a fossil.”

So there you have it, Farish Ahmad Noor, in his own words.

In other words

But I’m not content until I run a quick background check and try to get a little dirt from Farish’s friends.

His publisher, (author and indie filmmaker) Amir, reminds me that, back in the day, Farish ran afoul of the religious authorities.

“We first met when I interviewed him several years ago for a magazine. The article then became the basis of Persatuan Ulama Kedah issuing a fatwa (religious edict) against him! From then on I knew we were destined to work together!”

Indeed, Amir went on to feature Farish in his 2003 docu-drama, The Big Durian, in which Farish speaks Malay with a Kedah accent.

“Farish is a person who cares deeply about things, which of course makes him a bit annoying at times.

“I have a great anecdote about him but, unfortunately, it’s unprintable for legal reasons … let’s just say that a female politician is involved,” says Amir intriguingly.

Another of Farish’s publishers, Raman Krishnan of Silverfish Books, was effusive about Farish’s commitment and integrity.

“I first met Farish in 2002 when I published The Other Malaysia, and we have since developed a close working relationship. If I have to describe him in one word I would use ‘intense’.

“He’s an avowed socialist and always on the side of the downtrodden and the victimised, and I can never find fault with his sense of fair play and his sense of humour.

“He is also indefatigable! When I was editing Quran and Cricket, I thought to myself that this guy is crazy. I was amazed at the lengths he went to get the stories, often putting his life (not to mention his sanity) in danger.

“I was watching a BBC news item on Patani once while editing the book, and I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, how lame is that?’ Compared to Farish’s reporting, most of the current news media have no clue what is going on.”

(Patani is the southern Thailand region that has been embroiled in waves of separatist violence over the past decade; Farish writes on its problems in Quran and Cricket.)

“I realise that this is because most reporters cannot (and are not willing) to get down to the ground like him. Can you imagine Abu Bakar Bashir giving such an interview to a Western journalist?

(Bashir is the controversial Indonesian Islamic cleric linked to terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah; Farish interviewed him for TV station Al-Jazeera in 2006 and writes two chapters on him in Quran and Cricket.)

“Farish is willing to live, eat, sleep, walk and pray with the ‘extremists’ for weeks to get a story.

“His is not a report done from an air conditioned office. He follows in the tradition of the great travel writers of the past.”

Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim heads Universiti Malaya’s (UM) History Department. What does he make of this “rock star” academic?

“He’s got a very good command of the (English) language. He’s a good speaker, good writer and a very knowledgable man. I asked him about his accent (Farish has a unAsian accent), in fact, but he said he didn’t know where he had got it from. I suppose it’s because he’s travelled a lot that he’s knowledgable and confident.

“I haven’t read his books, but often read his articles. He thrives on controversy, of course, that keeps him alive, but he’s actually a very likeable person.”

A friend of Farish’s who initially consented to be named and then thought better of it, comments on the man’s popularity (with more than a hint of envy in his voice): “They say, nowadays, if you throw a stone you can hit a Datuk. Well, if you go to a human rights gathering on Myanmar or East Timor, the stones will be bouncing off one Farish Noor groupie on to the next!”

Dr Azmi Sharom is an Associate Professor at UM’s Faculty of Law, and he penned the foreword to What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You. He also writes the fortnightly Brave New World column in The Star.

“I guess we are pretty tight,” says Azmi. “The first time I saw him was about 10 years ago. I attended a lecture at UM. I had heard about this young, clever fellow, and thinking myself a young, clever fellow, I went to check out the competition. It turned out he was miles ahead, so I was upset and quickly slipped away!

“One thing I can tell you is that Farish is perpetually teaching. It is actually difficult to get him to talk about light-hearted things. If you begin a conversation about Star Wars, he will change the topic into a discussion on mythology or French New Wave cinema of the 1950s.

“When I went to visit him in Jogjakarta, he was very accommodating and I was treated to four days of intense lectures about all things Javanese. I must say, though, that he is a wuss because he can’t take hot food!”

What Farish wrote

THIS is a partial list of Farish A. Noor’s books – as opposed to his academic texts, some of which have also been published.

  • The Other Malaysia: Writings on Malaysia’s Subaltern History (2002)
  • Spirit of Wood: The Art of Malay Woodcarving (with Eddin Khoo and photographer David Lok, 2003)
  • Islam Embedded: The Historical Development of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party PAS 1951-2003 (2004)
  • Writings on the War on Terror (2006)
  • From Majapahit to Putrajaya: Searching For Another Malaysia (2007)
  • Quran and Cricket: Travels Through the Madrasahs of Asia and Other Stories (2009)
  • What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You (The Annexe Lectures, Vol. 1) (2009)

To find out if any of the earlier books are available, contact Farish through his website, othermalaysia.org. The books published last year are available in most major bookstores.

SOURCE: The Star Newspaper (http://www.thestar.com.my/)

By Martin Vengadesan

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PERNAH SATU WAKTU

PERNAH SATU WAKTU

Aku mengarang sebuah puisi
yang pertama bagiku
Sebagai ingatan hanya kepadamu

Pernah satu waktu
Namamu terpahat dikalbu
Dari jauh aku memerhatimu
Dalam diam hatiku terpaut padamu

Tidak pernah kupinta perasaan itu
Ia datang pergi tak mahu
Akhirnya aku sendiri sedar
Ia bukanlah salahku
Hanyalah kerana
fitrahmu sememangnya begitu

tanpa izin hatimu kuambil
dan kerana itu aku bersalah
hanya maaf darimu kupinta
kerana bukan aku sengaja

Dan hari-hari yang berlalu
Ternyata sungguh syahdu
Engkau datang di setiap waktu
Engkau hadir dalam setiap lagu

Sedang asyik aku bermimpi
Tiba-tiba aku terpana
Hatiku mencari-cari
Seperti ada yang tidak kena

Mengapa begitu duhai hati
Menangiskah engkau didalam diri
Sungguh aku tidak mengerti
Lantaran apakah engkau jadi begini

Aku mencari dan terus mencari
Di waktu malam dan juga pagi
Sudahnya  kutemui apa yang kucari
Aku lupa cinta Yang Maha Tinggi
Cinta Ilahi
Ampunkan hambaMu ini  ya Rabbi
Melebihkan makhluk ciptaanMu sendiri
Ku pohon dakaplah hati ini kembali
Menuju jalan yang lurus
Yang Engkau redhai

nukilan sahabatku : Zulshamalin Nasrullah

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