Monday, March 28, 2011

Does 'God' Has Shape?


Story 1:

The picture above was taken during Ramadhan (fasting month) in 2009. I was finished my break fast that time and went out to take fresh air. Suddenly, I noticed something weird around the moon. Some bunch of clouds are performing something familiar to me. I rushed inside my house and took my camera. I got a few snaps and above is the most-recent picture I took, within a second the cloud has changed to an abstract form (natural form of clouds). Then, I showed to my family members, and they all agreed what I captured is something similar to a word in arabic calligraphy. ALLAH!

Story 2:

The article below was taken from an internet source. Here, I just want to share and invite you to think. Sometimes, God shows his existence in our everyday routines, but if we not used our mind, we can't feel it. Think, why you have been created? Is it your life is just for working and collecting wealth? or debts? Is it life is to get older and older, and finally, we died? So friends, who created this universe? Our universe is a multi billion years wide or maybe there is no border. Border less! The story tells how in a simple action, you can solve some puzzles about God existence.

The story begins...

There was a young man who went overseas to study for quite a long time. When he returned, he asked his parents to find him a religious scholar or any expert who could answer his 3 questions. Finally, his parents were able to find a Muslim scholar.

Young man: Who are you? Can you answer my questions?

Scholar: I am one of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala )'s slaves and insha-Allah (God willing), I will be able to answer your questions.

Young man : Are you sure? A lot of Professors and experts were not able to answer my questions.

Scholar: I will try my best, with the help of Allah (SubHana Wa Ta`ala ).

Young Man: I have 3 questions:

1. Does God exist? If so, show me His shape.

2. What is takdir (fate)?

3. If shaitan (Devil) was created from the fire, why at the end he will be thrown to hell that also created from fire. It certainly will not hurt him at all, since Shaitan (Devil) and the hell were created from fire. Did God not think of it this far?

Suddenly, the Scholar slapped the young man's face very hard.

Young Man (feeling pain): Why do you get angry at me?

Scholar: I am not angry. The slap is my answer to your three questions.

Young Man: I really don't understand.

Scholar: How do you feel after I slapped you?
Young Man: Of course, I felt the pain.

Scholar: So do you believe that pain exists?

Young Man: Yes.

Scholar: Show me the shape of the pain!
Young Man: I cannot.
Scholar: That is my first answer. All of us feel God's existence without being able to see His shape.
Scholar: Last night, did you dream that you will be slapped by me?
Young Man: No.
Scholar: Did you ever think that you will get a slap from me, today?

Young Man: No.
Scholar: That is takdir (fate).
Scholar: My hand that I used to slap you, what is it created from?
Young Man: It is created from skin.
Scholar: How about your face, what is it created from?
Young Man: Skin.
Scholar: How do you feel after I slapped you?
Young Man: In pain.
Scholar: Even though Shaitan (Devil) and also the hell were created from the fire, if Allah wants, insha-Allah (God willing), the hell will become a very painful place for Shaitan (Devil).

by firrbudi @ TIMA : 29th March 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Top 10 Oldest Universities in The World

The following list of ten oldest universities in the world shows, through their brief histories, a trend: The university as an autonomous self-governing institution first was developed as religious institutions (madrasahs) that originated in the medieval Islamic world. But, Europe did not fall far behind these Islamic developments, as Italy founded its first university approximately two centuries after the first university developed in Morocco. The last university on this list, the University of Padua in Italy, was founded in 1222 — 270 years before Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue in 1492.

This list is compiled of extant universities, although a few of them closed for brief periods from the effects of war or local disputes. On the whole, the European universities on this list have expanded their campuses and enjoy high rankings in the world today. The list below is compiled in order of the university’s founding.

1. University of Al-Karaouine (859 A.C.): Located in Fes, Morocco, this university originally was a mosque founded in 859 by Fatima al-Fihri, a woman. It developed into one of the leading universities for natural sciences. It wasn’t until 1957 that the university added mathematics, physics, chemistry and foreign languages. This university is considered the oldest continuously-operating degree-granting university in the world by the Guiness Book of World Records.

2. Al-Azhar University (970 A.C.): This university, located in Egypt, is the world’s second oldest surviving degree-granting institute. Founded in 970-972, this university serves as a center for Arabic literature and Sunni Islamic learning. Al-Azhar university concentrates upon a religious syllabus, which pays special attention to the Quranic sciences and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad on the one hand, while also teaching all modern fields of science.

3. Nizamiyya (1065 A.C.): This series of universities was established by Khwaja Nizam al-Mulk in the eleventh century in what is now present-day Iran. The most celebrated of all the Nizamiyya schools is Al-Nizamiyya of Baghdad, established in 1065 in Dhu’l Qa’da and that remains operational in Isfahan. But, this was just one of many Nizamiyyah schools — others were located in Nishapur, Amul, Mosul, Herat, Damascus, and Basra. The Nizamiyya schools served as a model for future universities in the region, and al-Mulk often is seen as responsible for a new era of brilliance which caused his schools to eclipse all other contemporary learning institutions.

4. University of Bologna (1088 A.C.): This university was the first higher-learning institute established in the Western world in 1088. The term, “university,” was coined at its creation. Located in Bologna, Italy, this university led the Western world in educational innovations until the period between the two World Wars. At that time, leaders called upon the university to forge relationships with institutions in more advanced countries to modernize and re-invigorate its educational philosophies. This university met the call and, today, is considered a leader in the European university system.

5. University of Paris (1096 A.C.): This university’s exact founding is unclear; however, teaching from this university existed since 1096. The university was reorganized as 13 autonomous universities in 1970. Often referred to as the Sorbonne after the College de Sorbonne (founded about 1257), this institute grew up in the latter part of the twelfth century around Notre Dame Cathedral as a corporation centered on the fields of arts, medicine, law and theology. In 1968 the cultural revolution commonly known as “the French May” resulted in the closing of the university for only the third time in history. The first occasion was in 1229, and the second was due to the invasion by the German army of 1940.

6. University of Oxford (1096 A.C.): Like the University of Paris, the exact date of this university’s founding is unclear. The formal founding date, however, is 1096 — although teaching from the Oxford location is considerably older than this date. This institute developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. The school has temporarily closed twice, once in 1209 for the town execution of two scholars and in 1355 for the St. Scholastica riot. Currently, this oldest English-speaking university contains 38 colleges, each with its own internal structure and activities.

7. University of Montpelier (1150 A.C.): Located in Montpelier, France, this university also is considerably older than its founding date of 1150. A papal bull issued by Pope Nicholas IV in 1289 combined all long-existing schools into one main university. This university was suppressed during the 1793 French Revolution, but the faculties of science and letters were re-established in 1810, law in 1880. This university, in the spirit of modernism, was “re-founded” in 1969. The modern focus is on science and technology.

8. University of Cambridge (1209 A.C.): Known as the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, this university was formed by scholars who left the University of Oxford over a dispute in 1209. The two schools have, therefore, a long history of rivalry between them. Currently, Cambridge is ranked as one of the world’s top five universities and is a premier leading university in Europe. As of 2009, the alumni from this university account for eighty-five Nobel Laureates. Cambridge now consists of 31 colleges comprised of over 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions.

9. University of Salamanca (1218 A.C.): Located in Salamanca, Spain, this school was established in 1218 and obtained the title of “university” by Alexander IV’s papal bull in 1225. The school originally was established by Leonese King Alfonso IX to allow the Leonese people to study at home rather than leave to study in Castile. Its historical high note was when Columbus consulted this institute’s scholars in seeking a western route to the Indies. Today, Salamanca remains the university of choice for Spanish students who want to focus on humanities and language studies.

10. University of Padua (1222 A.C.): This is the second oldest university in Italy, falling behind the University of Bologna. This university was founded in 1222 when a group of students and professors left the University of Bologna in search for more academic freedom. Its primary claim to fame is its anatomical theater, established in 1595, which drew artists and scientists studying the human body during public dissections. The gardens and museums were begun in 1545, and remain as a testament to the focuses on botany and history. As of 2003, this university had approximately 65,000 students.

taken from : http://collegestats.org/articles/2009/12/top-10-oldest-universities-in-the-world-ancient-colleges/

Monday, March 21, 2011

Libya War and Al Aqsa : A New Colonialism and Continuity

Just a week after a big earthquake hitted Japan, the world have received a bad news again. A group of imperialists are attacking Libya. The richest oil reserve nation in Africa. Using the script of humanitarian and international voice; this attack must be done. They made the decision and used the name of United Nation - Lame. There must be something hiding behind this action. Who gave the order? America or United Nation? Both were wrong, 'zionists' were the culprits. Coincidently, jewish are now conquering the world from almost everything. They existed behind their cronies. These cronies exist worldwide lead by America's government. I don't blame American entirely but some of them know who is controlling their government now.
To all imperialists, did you know how many lives have been killed by Zionists in Palestine? How many years Palestinians have been suffered? None of you takes any action. You are totally coward and have been controlled by Jewish but majority of Muslims are not, that is why Muslims always being the target.
Libyan rejected foreign intervention and they can manage Gaddafi alone.

The story was begun in Palestine...

Salahuddin Al-Ayubi was one of the great warriors and great conquerors in world's history. During that time, his empire was trailed out from India to Spain. His famous quote is "Those who conquered Palestine (Jerusalem) they control the world." Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Coincidence or not, Islam reached the time of greatness during his time after defeating crusaders at Jerusalem in 1187 A.D. Before that, Jerusalem has been conquered by crusaders since 1099.

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third sacred mosques for Muslims. However, many Muslims were deflected by the wrong image of Al Aqsa. The golden dome that we see above is actually 'the dome of rock'. It was introduced as Al-Aqsa Mosque by certain parties to  camouflage the existence of the real Al-Aqsa. So friends, please make your perception correct because our next generation or the other westerners people would not know if we keep in silence.

'The False Messiah' almost managed to deceive the Muslims but 'The Almighty God' knows everything. The world is closer to its end, beware!

*all images above are taken from various websites
by firrbudi @ Maju : 22th MArch 2011

We @ Hot Air Balloon Festival, Putrajaya

by firrbudi @ Putrajaya, Malaysia : 19th Mac 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan's Earthquake : What happen before it?

8th March 2011, about a million of fishes found dead in Los Angeles, USA. LA is located 5471.32 miles away from Japan. It takes two days earlier for them to give a signal of something big will happen. Sadly, nobody understood! Including the scientist from USA and Japan, which equipped with high tech machines. Nature knows better than us. The fishes have swum across the Pacific Ocean but scientists just can declare that they died because of panic and suffocation. Can fish suffocate without nothing? There must be a reason behind this odd behavior.

 11th March 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake has shaken Japan. The earthquake contributed to 30ft (10m) huge waves or locally known 'tsunami'. About 10 thousands lives and homes were vanished. The area is totally damaged and could be the worst since world war 2.
Then two nuclear plants have exploded, bringing the area into a massive destruction and devastation. The plants were built for supplying electricity to the Fukishima and neighborhood area. Even though the plants are designed to receive shakes, but 9.0 magnitude is too big for them and for Japan entirely. This earthquake was the biggest in 140 years ago.
 The world now is towards instability. Unstable in politics and environment. We as the human kind should be ready to face this challenging era. This event brings something to think about. Just in three months, we can see three dictators were overthrown at Middle East and North Africa. At the same time, there are several countries still struggling from the 'tsunami'. 'Tsunami' of peoples voice.
God creates all this to show his power. He tests us and only the trust and patience will win. No other power can challenge Him even though you have the strongest defense forces, or you are the strongest economic nation. There is a no longer untouchable country. Let's pray for Japan and hope they managed to recover. 

Grateful to the blessings that were given.

*All images above are taken from various web sources.

by firrbudi @ TIMA : 15 March 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Why Edinburgh?

Finally, i made my decision. University of Edinburgh is my destination. Why? Some people say it is too far. Yes i agree, Edinburgh is located about 460 miles from London, the city centre of UK. It is one of the big city in Scotland, aside from Glasgow, Aberdeen & St. Andrew. I took a few months to think and seeking of informations about Edinburgh. Now i am sure this is the right place for me to persue my study. This city is amazing!

Reputation

University of Edinburgh holds an excellent rating and ranking. It was ranked 5th in the UK and placed in the top 20 in the world (The Times Higher Education 2009 : http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2010-2011/europe.html).

Heritage

University of Edinburgh has teaching the world since 1583. The city itself been promoted as a world heritage by UNESCO and there are many magnificient site to visit.

Producer of world icons

Some icons produced by University of Edinburgh are Piers Sellers (NASA Astronaut), Gordon Brown (UK Prime Minister), Sir Chris Hoy (Cyclist Olympian), and Ian Rankin (Novelist).

Place where histories been created

Those who studied at the University of Edinburg during the beginning of modern era are Alexander Graham Bell (Inventor), and Charles Darwin (Philosopher).

Collaboration

Edinburgh is the only UK university, aside from Oxford University, to be a member of both the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and COIMBRA, a network of leading academic institutions.

Above all academic reasons mentioned, i have my own judgement, i will pursue my master programme at School of Arts, Culture & Environment, University of Edinburgh. Sustainable Design is my scope of study. So, i've studied several courses from some universities and i think Edinburgh has a better programme. The programme separated into 2 semesters. First semester starts from september to december, during 4 months, environmental subjects and sustainable methodologies will explained and to be mastered. After that we moved to second semester which is studio based design practical, which mean here we will implement our understanding about sustainable design to the real academic project. This semester will running from middle of january to middle of may. Finally, on summer, a dissertation will takes over from may to august, we will write a thesis report with at least 20,000 words or make another design project based on approved topics.

I believe Edinburgh can develope my fullest potential. This is not just because of having a world ranking university or having a good programme or living in positive learning environment but the most important is Edinburgh has its own challenges to strive for.

With the God wills, we will be there in September. There are many things to get prepared and hopefully we are ready to face the new world.

*All images above is taken from various internet sources.

by firrbudi @ Bangi : 06 March 2011 (Happy Birthday Azam!)