Cameron Highlands Dec 2013

We did a trip to Cameron Highlands with friends and families.

We drove up the “famous” Tapah winding roads. Two out of 11 of us actually “merlioned”.
“Merlioned” is a Singapore slang for vomit, just like how you see the Merlion statue spouting water out. Actually only one of us. The other one actually “merlioned” 1km after we left the toll junction. She actually had too much of the crackers. Must have been a pretty slow trip for her…munching non-stop.

Tapah Exit

Cameron Lavender

Lavender

Masjid Kampong Brinchang

The Butterfly garden which was a beauty. Though, many butterflies seems to have been trampled upon on the floors. The reptiles and insect section seems to be a hit with the kids.

green gecko

A late relaxing afternoon high tea at Cameron Highlands Resort.High Tea at Cameron

Sliced bee hive

Slept for the night at Strawberry Park Resort and off we go to the Tea Centre the next day.Good morning Camerons

'BOH' Tea CentreSungei Palas

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American Sharia, the movie

We both saw Omar Regan at the Twins of Faith 2012 in Putrajaya. We even bumped into him at lunch time. A real entertaining guy on stage, and real humble of stage. I mean how many of us consciously and/or consistently go around asking strangers to make doa for you?
Anyway, he is known for being probably the halal version of Chris Tucker. Yah, that US movie star.

Omar Regan has now set his heart and soul on something bigger! Halalywood! Yes! A Halal version of Hollywood.

Here is the trailer for their upcoming first blockbuster movie, Insyaallah…

the American Sharia

He is crowdfunding too via KickStarter. Rather than getting big house production…..I guess, this is the best way to keep the American Sharia movie funding halal.
May Allah bless this brother and the team.

In the meantime, I look forward to meet Omar Regan, Insyaallah this weekend at TOF2013. Hope to tell him I had backed his project and a couple of my friends too.

Converses of Wisdom

A poem by Abdullah Al Andalusi titled “Converses of Wisdom”.  What I like about this poem is actually the very last line… The attempt to stir up the insides of most average Muslims on the street. To do a bit more.
May Allah preserve him. You may follow his tweets and his blogs

Converses of Wisdom
by Abdullah Al Andalusi

The Skeptic said “What if you are wrong?”
I said “What if I am right?”

The Atheist said “How is there a Creator?”
I said “How is there a Creation?”

The Christian said “Love God and worship Jesus”
I said “Love Jesus and worship God”-

The Jew said “God will always be true to his covenant with us”
I said “Have you been always true to your covenant with God?”

The Buddhist said “The purpose of life is to discover Enlightenment”
I said “Enlightenment IS to discover the purpose of life”

The Polytheist said “I worship gods that hear me and intercede with the almighty God”
I said “I worship the one God, who is mighty enough to hear me without intercessors”

The Secularist said “Politics, Wars and killing for religion is bad”
I said “Politics, Wars and killing for materialism is evil”

The Evolutionist said “The universe created life by itself, without need for God”
I said “Did the universe create itself without need for God?”

The Democrat said “The majority must rule”I said “
But what will rule the majority?”

The Nationalist said “The Nation comes first, before God”
I said “God was first, before the Nation”

The Conservative said “Why don’t Muslims assimilate into our culture?”
I said “Because your culture demands assimilation”

The Patriot said “I support my country, right or wrong”
I said “A country has no right to be supported in wrong”

The Liberal said “Humans should be only individuals, free from oppression, and equal”
I said “You ‘free’ Individuals only from their humanity, to oppress each other equally”

The Communist said “The world is only matter, and society is the highest good”
I said “A society that is only worldly, has no higher good that matters”

The Zionist said “Palestinians desire the end of Israel’s existence”
I said “Desire for the existence of Israel, has ended Palestine”

The Neo-Conservative said “I believe WE are the superior Civilization”
I said “Your belief makes you the inferior Civilisation”

The American politician said “We resist only terrorism and those who use violence”
I said “You only use violence to terrorise those who resist”

The French Politician said “We have banned wearing the Niqab to free women”
I said “You have banned womens’ freedom to wear the Niqab”

The Islamophobe said “I hate Islam, and fear for my safety from Muslims”
I said “I fear for the safety of Muslims, from those who hate Islam”

The Feminist said “Women require to be treated identically to men, because they are equal”
I said “Are men and women identical, to require equality of treatment?”

The Radical Feminist said “We do not want Women to be told what to do by sexist men”
I said “You want women to be told what to do by sexist women”-

The Pacifist said “The just way is to be peaceful”
I said “To be peaceful to the unjust, is injustice to the peaceful”

The Utilitarian said “Always choose the lesser of two evils”
I said “Then your choices will always be evil”

The Ascetic said “Leave worldly affairs, and seek God”
I said “Seek God in your worldly affairs”

The Conspiracy Theorist said “I believe ‘They’ control the World”
I said “That belief controls your world”

The Defeatist said “Do nothing, for the evil is too strong”
I said “Evil is strong because you do nothing”

The Millennialist said “Wait for a sincere leader, who will be able to help us”
I said “How can he help us, if we are not able to be led sincerely?”

The Fatalist said “Fight not against our backward state, it is God’s will!”
I said “If we fight the state of backwardness, this too is God’s will”

The Apocalyptist said “Do not ignore the signs, we are living in the end times”
I said “These are signs only that you are living in ignorant times”

The Pragmatist said “Ideally, you should embrace compromise”
I said “You should embrace an uncompromisable Ideal”

The Extremist said “Extreme times, calls for extreme measures”
I said “Extreme times comes from extreme measures”

The Modernist said “We should reform revelation to fit the times”
I said “We should reform the times to fit revelation”

The ‘Moderate Muslim’ said “The truth is, only following Islam moderately makes you a good person”
I said “Then you are only moderately truthful, and moderately a good person”