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"O Allah! We seek goodness from Your Knowledge and with Your Power (and Might) We seek strength, and We ask from You Your Great Blessings, because You have the Power and We do not have the power. You Know everything and I do not know, and You have knowledge of the unseen. Oh Allah! If in Your Knowledge this action (We are about to take) is better for my religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then make it destined for us and make it easy for us and then add blessings [baraka'] in it, for us. O Allah! In Your Knowledge if this action is bad for us, bad for our religion and faith, for our life and end [death], for here [in this world] and the hereafter then turn it away from us and turn us away from it and whatever is better for us, ordain [destine] that for us and then make us satisfied with it."


عَنْ عُمَيْرِ بْنِ هَانِئٍ الْعَنْسِيِّ ، قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عُمَرَ ، يَقُولُ : كُنَّا قُعُودًا عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ، فَذَكَرَ الْفِتَنَ فَأَكْثَرَ فِي ذِكْرِهَا حَتَّى ذَكَرَ فِتْنَةَ الْأَحْلَاسِ ، فَقَالَ قَائِلٌ : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا فِتْنَةُ الْأَحْلَاسِ ؟ قَالَ : ” هِيَ هَرَبٌ وَحَرْبٌ ، ثُمَّ فِتْنَةُ السَّرَّاءِ ، دَخَنُهَا مِنْ تَحْتِ قَدَمَيْ رَجُلٍ مِنْ أَهْلِ بَيْتِي يَزْعُمُ أَنَّهُ مِنِّي ، وَلَيْسَ مِنِّي ، وَإِنَّمَا أَوْلِيَائِي الْمُتَّقُونَ ، ثُمَّ يَصْطَلِحُ النَّاسُ عَلَى رَجُلٍ كَوَرِكٍ عَلَى ضِلَعٍ ، ثُمَّ فِتْنَةُ الدُّهَيْمَاءِ ، لَا تَدَعُ أَحَدًا مِنْ هَذِهِ الْأُمَّةِ إِلَّا لَطَمَتْهُ لَطْمَةً ، فَإِذَا قِيلَ : انْقَضَتْ ، تَمَادَتْ يُصْبِحُ الرَّجُلُ فِيهَا مُؤْمِنًا ، وَيُمْسِي كَافِرًا ، حَتَّى يَصِيرَ النَّاسُ إِلَى فُسْطَاطَيْنِ ، فُسْطَاطِ إِيمَانٍ لَا نِفَاقَ فِيهِ ، وَفُسْطَاطِ نِفَاقٍ لَا إِيمَانَ فِيهِ ، فَإِذَا كَانَ ذَاكُمْ فَانْتَظِرُوا الدَّجَّالَ ، مِنْ يَوْمِهِ ، أَوْ مِنْ غَدِهِ ” أبو داود

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Importance of a good shaykh by Shaykh Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi Allahu anhu

Al Ghawth al-Adham Shaykh Sayyad Abd'al-Qadir al-Jilani Radi 'Allahu anhu said: You must work hard to ensure that your hearts are not locked out of the door of His nearness. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must seek the company of a Shaykh who is learned in the law [hukm] and knowledge ['ilm] of Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), and who will show you the way toward Him. Without seeing the successful [muflih], one cannot succeed. If a person does not seek the company of scholars who put their knowledge into practice ['ulama 'ummal], he is a chicken from an egg abandoned by the rooster and the mother hen.

Seek the fellowship of those who enjoy fellowship with the Lord of Truth (Almighty and Glorious is He). What each of you should do, when the night has grown dark and people have gone to bed and their voices are silent, is get up, take an ablution [yatawadda'], perform two cycles of ritual prayer [yusalli rak'atain] and say: "O my Lord, guide me to one of Your righteous servants near to You, so that he may guide me toward You and make me familiar with Your path." The instrument [sabab] is necessary. Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) was quite capable of guiding [His servants] to Him without the Prophets [anbiya']. Be sensible! You are getting nowhere. You must awaken from your heedless folly. As the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: If someone relies entirely on his own subjective judgement, he will go astray. Try to find someone who will be a mirror for the face of your religion [din], just as you look in the mirror to check the appearance of your outer face, your turban and your hair. Be sensible! What is this crazy foolishness? You say, "I don't need anyone to teach me," and yet the Beloved Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallam has said: The believer is the believer's mirror [al-mu'minu mir'atu 'l-mu'min].

When the believer's faith is sound, he comes to be a mirror for all creatures. They behold their religious faces [wujuh adyanihim] reflected in the mirror of his speech, every time they see him and get close to him. What is this craziness? Not a moment goes by without your begging Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) to provide you with more than you already have to eat, to drink, and to wear, with more sexual opportunities and more income. These are not things that could increase or decrease, even if you were to be joined in your plea by every supplicant whose prayers are answered [da 'in mujab].

Supplication [da 'wa] will neither increase one's sustenance by so much as an atom, nor reduce it by an atom. This is a foregone conclusion [mafrugh minhu]. You must devote your attention to doing what you have been commanded to do, and to avoiding what you have been forbidden to do. You should not worry about that which is bound to come your way, because He guarantees that it will come to you. Allotted shares [aqsam] arrive at their appointed times, whether they be sweet or bitter, whether you like them or dislike them.

The people [of the Way] attain to a condition in which they no longer have any prayer of supplication [du'a] or request [su'al] to make. They do not beg [in their prayers] to gain advantages, nor to get rid of disadvantages. Their supplication comes to be a matter concerning their hearts, sometimes for their own sake and sometimes for the sake of all creatures, so they utter the prayer of supplication without conscious premeditation [fi ghaiba].
"O '' Allah, endow us with good behaviour in Your company under all circumstances!
[When the believer's faith is sound], fasting [sawm], prayer [salat], remembrance [dhikr] and all acts of obedience [ta 'at] become second nature to him, mingled with his flesh and blood. Then he receives protection from Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He) under all circumstances. The restraint of the law [hukm] does not desert him, not for an instant, while he is on this course. The law comes to be like the vessel in which he sits, as he travels over the ocean of the power [qudra] of his Lord (Almighty and Glorious is He). He goes on traveling over it until he arrives at the shore of the hereafter, at the shore of the ocean of grace and the hand of nearness. Thus he is sometimes in the company of creatures and at certain times in the company of the Creator. His work and toil are with creatures, while his relaxation is with the Creator.
From Shaykh 'Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani, "The Sublime Revelation (Al-Fath ar-Rabbani)," translated by Muhtar Holland (Al-Baz Publishing, Houston, 1992), p. 426-8.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah r.a., who said that Prophet Muhammad S.A.W. said: Allah SWT said:

Whosoever shows enmity to someone devoted to Me, I shall be at war with him. My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his hearing with which he hears, his seeing with which he sees, his hand with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it. I do not hesitate about anything as much as I hesitate about [seizing] the soul of My faithful servant: he hates death and I hate hurting him. (It was related by al-Bukhari)

“Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous.”

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Geneva atom smasher sets collision record


By ALEXANDER G. HIGGINS, Associated Press Writer Alexander G. Higgins, Associated Press Writer - Tue Mar 30, 1:53 pm ET

GENEVA – The world's largest atom smasher conducted its first experiments at conditions nearing those after the Big Bang, breaking its own record for high-energy collisions with proton beams crashing into each other Tuesday at three times more force than ever before.

In a milestone for the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider's ambitious bid to reveal details about theoretical particles and microforces, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, took high-tech photographs so they could study the disintegrating protons after they collided at a combined energy level of 7 trillion electron volts.

The collisions herald a new era for researchers working on the machine in a 17-mile (27-kilometer) tunnel below the Swiss-French border at Geneva.

"That's it! They've had a collision," said Oliver Buchmueller from Imperial College in London as people closely watched monitors.

In a control room, scientists erupted with applause when the first successful collisions were confirmed. Their colleagues from around the world were tuning in by remote links to witness the new record, which surpasses the 2.36 TeV CERN recorded last year.

An event display shows the activity during a high-energy collision at the CMS control room of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, at their headquarter outside Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. The $10 billion Large Hadron Collider directed two proton beams into each other at three times more force than ever before, Tuesday, as part of its ambitious bid to reveal details about theoretical particles and microforces.

Dubbed the world's largest scientific experiment, researchers hope the machine can approach on a tiny scale what happened in the first split seconds after the Big Bang, which they theorize was the creation of the universe some 14 billion years ago.

The extra energy in Geneva is expected to reveal even more about the unanswered questions of particle physics, such as the existence of antimatter and the search for the Higgs boson, a hypothetical particle that scientists theorize gives mass to other particles and thus to other objects and creatures in the universe.

Tuesday's initial attempts at collisions were unsuccessful because problems developed with the beams, said scientists working on the massive machine. That meant the protons had to be "dumped" from the collider and new beams had to be injected.

The atmosphere at CERN was tense considering the collider's launch with great fanfare on Sept. 10, 2008. Nine days later, the project was sidetracked when a badly soldered electrical splice overheated, causing extensive damage to the massive magnets and other parts of the collider some 300 feet (100 meters) below the ground.

It cost $40 million to repair and improve the machine. Since its restart in November 2009, the collider has performed almost flawlessly and given scientists valuable data. It quickly eclipsed the next largest accelerator — the Tevatron at Fermilab near Chicago.

Two beams of protons began 10 days ago to speed at high energy in opposite directions around the tunnel, the coldest place in the universe, at a couple of degrees above absolute zero. CERN used powerful superconducting magnets to force the two beams to cross, creating collisions and showers of particles.

"Experiments are collecting their first physics data — historic moment here!" a scientist tweeted on CERN's official Twitter account.

"Nature does it all the time with cosmic rays (and with higher energy) but this is the first time this is done in Laboratory!" said another tweet.

When collisions become routine, the beams will be packed with hundreds of billions of protons, but the particles are so tiny that few will collide at each crossing.

The experiments will come over the objections of some people who fear they could eventually imperil Earth by creating micro black holes — subatomic versions of collapsed stars whose gravity is so strong they can suck in planets and other stars.

CERN and many scientists dismiss any threat to Earth or people on it, saying that any such holes would be so weak that they would vanish almost instantly without causing any damage.

Bivek Sharma, a professor at the University of California at San Diego, said the images of the first crashed proton beams were beautiful.

"It's taken us 25 years to build," he said. "This is what it's for. Finally the baby is delivered. Now it has to grow."

Associated Press Writer Frank Jordans contributed to this report.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Inovasi Zull Design

Utusan Malaysia - 4 Mac 2010 / 18 Rabiul Awal 1431 - RENCANA

Zulfadzli Haron (duduk kanan) memberi penerangan kepada peserta yang menyertai bengkel reka cipta ZDA.

Setelah berjaya menempa nama dalam bidang reka cipta di samping hasil inovasi selama hampir 20 tahun, syarikat Zull Design Autotronic (ZDA) kini beralih angin kepada usaha menyedarkan masyarakat dalam bidang kreativiti dan inovasi.

Berpegang kepada visi dan misi penubuhan syarikat, ZDA kini berusaha keras meluaskan program latihan terhadap anak muda tempatan.

ZDA turut menawarkan pelbagai kursus dan latihan yang lebih istimewa berbanding dengan kursus-kursus teknikal sebelum ini.

Kursus yang dibangunkan berdasarkan cara dan pemikiran masyarakat sesuai diikuti kerana konsep dan pendekatan yang telah dibuktikan berjaya berdasarkan kajian selama lebih 20 tahun.

Ia bukan sahaja bertujuan menanam minat dan menggalakkan mereka menceburkan diri dalam bidang perniagaan reka cipta malah mampu menjadikan bidang inovasi sebagai sebuah kerjaya.

Bercita-cita menjadi sebuah syarikat inovasi terulung negara, ZDA telah menghasilkan banyak ciptaan yang mampu diketengahkan ke peringkat antarabangsa.

Pada awal penubuhannya, syarikat tersebut memulakan perniagaan dengan kerja-kerja membekal penghawa dingin dan pendawaian bas serta bimbingan teknikal kepada mekanik-mekanik bas milik syarikat MARA Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Aktiviti penciptaan dan reka cipta bermula pada tahun 1986 dengan ciptaan awal sebuah kereta yang dipasang dengan sistem automasi dan boleh bergerak sendiri tanpa pemandu.

Produk ZDA mendapat perhatian Kerajaan

ZDA mula dikenali ramai apabila berjaya menghasilkan "LOT 2020" iaitu sebuah rumah pintar berkuasa solar dan mesra alam, sempena Hari Alam Sekitar pada tahun 1990 dan telah dirasmikan oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong pada masa itu, Sultan Azlan Shah.

Lanjutan daripada kejayaan tersebut, syarikat itu menerima permintaan dan tempahan menggalakkan daripada pelbagai sektor, baik daripada segi pembuatan mahupun khidmat nasihat.

Kini pelbagai syarikat swasta mula memberikan penumpuan kepada ZDA untuk menghasilkan peralatan yang sukar didapati di negara ini.

Kebolehan syarikat tersebut mencipta peralatan dan mesin mengikut keperluan pengguna dengan kos yang murah beserta alat ganti dan kos penyelenggaraan tempatan yang rendah menjadikannya kini pilihan utama.

Menurut Pengarah Latihan ZDA, Zulfadzli Haron, walaupun ia kini boleh dianggap berjaya sebenarnya ia tidak dapat menampung permintaan serta keperluan negara.

"Hasrat kami adalah mahu melihat rakyat negara ini mengikuti jejak langkah ZDA agar Malaysia suatu hari nanti mampu mencapai cita-cita menjadi negara pengeluar dan tidak lagi hanya menjadi pengguna yang terlalu bergantung kepada negara luar," katanya.

Zulfadzli merupakan bekas guru dan menamatkan perkhidmatan sebagai kakitangan awam dengan jawatan terakhir sebagai Pegawai Kurikulum di Kementerian Pelajaran pada tahun 1995.

Kini, beliau meneruskan kerjaya sebagai Pengarah Latihan di ZDA yang mana pada ketika ini sibuk menjalankan latihan kreativiti dan reka cipta untuk pensyarah dan tenaga pengajar di institusi pengajian tinggi awam (IPTA) dan swasta (IPTS).

Menurut Zulfadzli, rakyat negara ini sebenarnya amat kreatif dan mempunyai daya pemikiran yang tajam dalam mereka bentuk sesuatu.

"Contohnya ramai di kalangan belia kini yang suka mengubah suai kenderaan mereka baik motosikal mahupun kereta agar menjadi lebih menarik dan berkuasa tinggi.

"Ia juga tergolong dalam reka cipta dan inovasi tetapi kadang kala ia digunakan untuk tujuan yang tidak tepat seperti berlumba dan akhirnya kemahiran mereka terbiar begitu sahaja.

"Jika diberikan panduan serta saluran yang betul tidak mustahil ia akan menjadi sesuatu yang berguna untuk negara," jelasnya.

Bagi ZDA, kreativiti seseorang itu boleh berkembang sekiranya mereka dapat memahami asas seterusnya mampu memikirkan jalan penyelesaian secara logik untuk mencipta sesuatu.

"Kita pada hari ini banyak yang menjadi burung kakak tua, hanya mengikut tanpa mengetahui mengapa. Kita hanya menghafal tetapi tidak tahu sebab asas dan mengapa kita perlu mengetahuinya.

"Ramai yang tidak mampu berfikir secara kreatif dan fleksibel dalam menyelesaikan sesuatu permasalahan," katanya.

Sementara itu, ZDA turut menawarkan pelbagai perkhidmatan seperti mereka bentuk mesin untuk kegunaan Industri Kecil dan Sederhana (IKS), mereka bentuk sistem automasi, mencipta 'gimmick' untuk majlis-majlis perasmian dan menyediakan kursus elektrik dan elektronik.

Lebih menarik, penciptaan peralatan mahupun mesin di ZDA adalah berdasarkan bajet serta kemampuan pengguna.

Justeru, ia merupakan sebuah syarikat yang memberikan perkhidmatan untuk membantu para usahawan dan pengguna bukan hanya memikirkan keuntungan semata-mata.

Apabila pelanggan bersetuju mengenai sesebuah reka bentuk dan harga, maka barulah pihak ZDA memulakan kerja-kerja pembuatan dan menyiapkannya dalam jangka masa yang telah ditetapkan.