Tuesday, July 27, 2010



TEGUH: Kawan atuk dari Pulang Pinang (Uncle MIZA) ada menceritakan satu peristiwa yang menyayat hati. Begini ceritanya.....there was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you. One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend. He asked her, 'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking after her boyfriend (as husband) the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him. Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine.'

MULIA: Begitulah ragam manusia. So.....Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.............Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.............Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to ALLAH for a companion.

AKHTAR: Boleh saya sambung............Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who died too early on this earth................Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren................Before whining about the distance your parent asks you to drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet or disabled person.

FAEZ: .........And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, and those who wish they had your job............But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us is without sin..........And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around this coming Ramadhan (1431) and InsyAllah more Ramadhan(s) in years to come...

TEGUH: Bercerita fasal Ramadhan, adakah agama-agama lain berpuasa seperti kita?

MULIA: Apabila kita berbicara fasal puasa, elok juga kita sentuh tentang makanan-makanan yang kita tidak boleh jamah langsung, dan dianggap sebagai berpuasa dari memakannya seumur hidup. . Eating is a matter of faith in Islam. Muslims eat for good health and overindulgence is discouraged. We are recommended to eat to a level of only 2/3 of our stomach capacity. We need to observe this practice especially during breaking our fast. Fasting is considered an opportunity to earn the approval of Allah, and to understand the suffering of the poor.

FAEZ: Fasting in Islam is absolute abstention from all food and drink plus abstain from indulging committing sinful act or even thinking about it, from dawn to sunset. We obey and only obey Allah, nothing else. We obediently obey not to consume foods that were permissible during day-time the months of non-Ramadhan. Muslims are required to fast during the entire month of Ramadan, and are encouraged to fast 6 days during the month of Shawwal, on the 10th day of Muhurram, and on the 9th day of Zul Hijjah. Voluntary fasting is common on Mondays and Thursdays.

MULIA: The Islamic dietary laws are called halal. This is also the term for all permitted foods. Prohibited foods as described in the Koran are called haram. Pork and birds of prey are haram; and meats from halal or allowable animals must be slaughtered properly according to Islamic rites. Drinking of alcohol is also prohibited.

AKHTAR: Though it looks not that complicated if we cook the food ourselves. But what happen when we normally dine outside our home. The abundance of pork and non-halal meats at restaurants presents a rather-difficult problem to overcome. While a Muslim will not order a non-halal dish, there is a concern about cross-contamination. This is likely to occur when the halal dish is prepared with the same cooking tools and in the same kitchen as other non-halal dishes. Food particles and juices from the two dishes are likely to be exchanged, technically rendering the halal dish as haram.

TEGUH: Even many apparently meat-free dishes, and even some desserts (such as ice cream) contain pork-related substance, such as gelatin, or other non-conforming substances. There is some disagreement about food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) that may use enzymes derived from pig fat in the production process. It is difficult to avoid such additives when eating out since they are usually not listed on restaurant menus.

MULIA: Even in bakery business. Alcoholic beverages, including wine and whiskey, are used in many sauces and cakes, and alcohol is used as ingredient (a solvent and a preservative) for the production and storage of food flavorings such as vanilla and other extracts.

FAEZ: In Judaism there are three primary Jewish congregations, whom are called Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. The main differences between them are their positions on the Jewish laws. Orthodox Jews believe the laws are the direct commandments of God, to be explicitly followed by the faithful. Reform Jews follow the moral law, but that the laws are still being interpreted by their scholars and may be observed selectively. Conservative Jews fall in between the other congregations in their beliefs and adherence to the laws.

MULIA: Jewish dietary laws are known as Kashrut or Kosher. Briefly, they include what foods are "clean" and fit to eat, those that are considered "unclean" and are prohibited (includes pork, shellfish, and other foods), how foods must be slaughtered, how they must be prepared, and when they may be consumed (specifically, rules regarding when milk products which cannot be consumed with meat products). Complete fast days (no food or water from sunset to sunset) include special days such as Yom Kippu, Tisha b'Av, Tzom Gedaliah, Tenth of Tevet and Seventeenth of Tamuz, Ta'anit Ester, and Ta'anit Bechorim.

AKHTAR: In Surah 5:5 of the Holy Qur'an it is written: "The food of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] is lawful for you as your food is lawful for them." With regard to marriage too, Muslim males are allowed to marry females of the People of the Book, but not otherwise.

FAEZ: That’s correct. With Christianity, there are three major branches dominate the faith: Roman Catholicism; Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and Protestantism. Dietary practices vary from none to explicit. Devout Roman Catholics observe several fast days during the year. Fasting (one full meal per day permitted; snacking according to local custom) and/or abstinence (meat is prohibited, but eggs, dairy products, and condiments with animal fat are permitted) may be practiced during Lent, on the Fridays of Advent, Ember Days (at the beginning of the seasons) by some Catholics; some fast or abstain only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

MULIA: The Orthodox Church observed food and drink is avoided before communion. Meat and all animal products (milk, eggs, butter, and cheese) are prohibited on fast days; fish is avoided, but shellfish is permitted. Some devout followers may avoid olive oil on fast days, too. Fast days include every Wednesday and Friday (except for three fast-free weeks each year), the Eve of Theophany, the Beheading of John the Baptist, and Elevation of the Holy Cross. Fast periods include Advent, Lent, the Fast of the Apostles, and Fast of the Dormition of the Holy Theotokos.

FAEZ: For Protestant very few practice fasting. Mormons avoid strong drink (alcoholic beverages) and hot drinks (coffee and tea). Many Mormons also avoid caffeine-containing drinks. Followers are encouraged to eat mostly grains and to limit meats. Some Mormons fast one day a month and donate their food money to the poor. Seventh-Day Adventists avoid overeating; most are lacto-ovo-vegetarians (when meat is consumed, most avoid pork). Tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Water is consumed before and after meals, and eating between meals is discouraged. Strong seasonings and condiments, such as pepper and mustard, are avoided.

MULIA: Hindus avoid all foods which are thought to inhibit physical and spiritual development. Although eating meat (except beef) is not explicitly prohibited, many Hindus are vegetarian because they adhere to the concept of ahimsa, non-violence as applied to foods (particularly the infliction of pain on animals). However beef (cow meat) can never be eaten because the cow is considered sacred, and pork is often avoided. Devout Hindus may avoid alcoholic beverages. Foods that stimulate the senses, such as garlic and onions, are not recommended for anyone seeking spiritual unity.

FAEZ: Fasting is also common among Hindus, dependent on a person's social standing (caste), family, age, gender, and degree of orthodoxy. Fasting can be complete, eating "purer" foods, adopting a completely vegetarian diet or it can be abstaining from favorite foods. Common fast days include Sundays, the day of the new moon, the full moon, the 10th and 11th day of each month, the Feast of Sivaratri, the 9th day of the month of Cheitra, the 8th day of Sravana, and days of eclipses, equinoxes, solstices, and conjunction of the planets. Some Hindus also fast on the anniversaries of the deaths of their mothers and fathers.

MULIA: Buddhist dietary customs vary considerably depending on sect (Theravada or Hinayana, Mahayana, Zen etc.) and on country. Because most Buddhists also subscribe to the concept of ahimsa, many are lacto-ovo-vegetarians. Some eat fish, some only abstain from beef. Some believe that unless they personally slaughter an animal, they may eat its meat. Buddhist monks fast completely on the days of the new moon and full moon each lunar month; they also avoid eating any solid food after the noon hour.

FAEZ: Although Sikhs participate in many more or less Hindu practices, they differ significantly in their belief in a single God. Sikhs abstain from beef, but pork is permitted; alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

AKHTAR: Susah ke nak dapatkan makanan halal di bandar-bandar besar dunia ni?

MULIA: Tidaklah susah sangat asalkan kita berusaha mencarinya. Sebelum kita pergi ke mana-mana bandar di dunia ini, adalah di nasihatkan agar kita melayari Internet, search aja di google “halal muslim islam restaurant food” (sebagai contoh). InsyAllah akan tersenarailah beberapa kedai makan halal. Atau cari masjid, persatuan muslim atau kampus universiti, insyAllah berdekatan dengannya akan ada tempat makanan halal.

MULIA: "Halal" is an Arabic word meaning "lawful" or "permissible", and the term not only covers food and drink, but also to all matters of daily life. When it comes to halal food, most people think of meat foods only. However, Muslims must ensure that all foods, particularly processed foods, pharmaceuticals, and non-food items like cosmetics, are also halal. Frequently, these products contain animal by-products or other ingredients that are not permissible for Muslims to eat or use on their bodies.
TEGUH: Selamat berpuasa.............

1 comment:

  1. Askom Pak Jaffar serta cucu-cucu yg soleh dan solehah.
    Udah lama tidak tatapi Blog ini; bila diulang baca, sungguh fantastic!
    Itulah ilmu, perlu diulang-ulang mencari serta membacanya. Oh ya, ingin kongsi kuliah subuh pagi ini di Masjid Taman Brown/ Tmn Tun Sardon. Tajuknya IKHLAS, stp yg terdpt dl bab pertama Sahih Bukhari.Apabila seseorang memberi atau bersedekah sesuatu, kita TIDAK perlu bertanya sama ada dia ikhlas atau tidak. Terpulang antara dia dgn Allah. Jika dia ikhlas kerana Allah, besar sekali ganjarannya; sebaliknya pula, itu adalah urusannya!
    - miza, brown garden, penang
    18 Mei 2013