Saturday, September 11, 2010

KJ needs a diplomatic lesson

KJ needs a diplomatic lesson


KJ needs a diplomatic lesson

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 10:18 AM PDT

"He may be an intelligent young man but he is not necessarily wise." Foreign Minister Anifah Aman threw this at Pemuda Umno chief Khairy Jamaluddin who asked the government to recall our ambassador to Indonesia if Jakarta fails to quell the anti-Malaysia demonstration in that country (here).

Personally, I dont agree with KJ either. Such a statement is equally diplomatically provocative, or a step closer to severe all ties with the Indonesians.

As there were no more demonstrations in front of the Malaysian Embassy since Tuesday, leaders from both sides are relieved that efforts to put our ties in order again have showed positive signs.

Although KJ got a point that the Indonesian authority was not at their full swing in putting the demos under control, Malaysians and Indonesians are well aware that relations between both countries should be maintained best.

Recalling our ambassador will lead to Jakarta to recall its envoy to KL, too and that, in diplomatic scope, would not stop just there. The end result is always unpleasant for both sides.

So, we are not going to advocate to such an act. As the diplomatic approach is still wide open while the Eid has somehow diffused the tension along our common border, let us observe a good sense of belonging here - that Malaysia and Indonesia are inseparable!


Penny Wong's appointment a testament of Australia's non-RACIST policy!!

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 09:28 AM PDT

Malaysian-born Penny Wong is making headlines in Malaysia. Well, I guess we must be proud of the fact that Malaysia has 'exported' a capable woman to Australia.

Had Penny been born, raised and run for a parliamentary seat in Malaysia, would she have the opportunity to be the Finance Minister in BOLEH-land? I guess the answer is pretty obvious. ;)

Her appointment is also causing a buzz in Facebook.

Here is my two-cent comment in two 'Malaysian-born Penny Wong' related Wall postings in Facebook:
Just read an article in TMI today abt Alice Pung, now a writer and a lawyer, who was born in Australia in 1981, a month after her family fled from the killing fields of Cambodia. To a question, 'What's life is like in Australia, she answered, '...I was born here, and have never experienced racism growing up.'

Penny and Alice are just classic examples of how Australia, a WHITE dominant country that does not practice WHITE supremacy, let alone GENDER discrimination. I won't be surprised if one day Penny becomes the first Malaysian-born PM of Australia! ;)



Yokoso! Japan – Soulful Japan tourism commercial

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 07:47 AM PDT

A 2008 Japanese tourism commercial with a Soulful theme, which showcases the traditional aspect of Japanese culture and attractions. Beautiful video…

Yokoso means welcome in Japanese. Yokoso Japan is the official tagline for the country's travel and tourism campaign.

Yokoso! Japan – Soulful Japan tourism commercial from YeinJee's Asian Blog


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Masters And Servants

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 06:01 AM PDT

My dog Pebbles, whom most of you know, is becoming more and more demanding these days. I think one of you, Boy if I'm not mistaken said she has a Diva attitude and I'm inclined to agree with him. These days, she sure knows how to get what she wants and the worst thing is she's getting smarter by the day.

She struts around the house acting like a princess. Everything that's on the floor is automatically her possession, especially the big throw pillow we have downstairs. That pillow is exclusively hers and she guards it like a hawk.

She makes me do her bidding with just a look from those puppy dog eyes and if that doesn't work, she gets me in trouble by getting wifey to scold me into doing her bidding ... LOL! She's darn good at it. If I don't do something for her, she goes and sulks with wifey and the next thing I know is, wifey will be coming after me to do what she wants!

Like I said, she's getting smarter by the day. In fact, just today, she showed us how smart she really is becoming. A few weeks back, we took her for her first out door walk around the park near our house. We never really let her go outside cos she runs around all over the house and often plays or even sleeps on the bed with us sometimes. We don't want her attracting any ticks or unwelcome critters on her body.

But we decided that maybe she needs to run around outside once a week or so. So she went for her first walk a few weeks back. You can view a short video of it here ... It was also one of the first times she had a collar and leash on. She wasn't too happy with it at first and refused to budge. It took a little prompting and after a while she got a little used to having a leash and collar around her.

So we decided to get her a body harness with a lighter leash as the earlier one was one of those steel ones which was probably weighing her down a little. She's only  used that body harness twice before for her walks and she knows exactly what it's for now.

This morning, when I woke up, she came to me, sat in front of me and stared at me. She does that when she wants something done. As usual I ignored her. Unperturbed, she just sits there and stares at me knowing that I'll eventually give in. So I look at her and ask her what she wants.

She gets up, goes to her leash and body harness and nudges it with her nose and looks at it longingly and then turns and looks at wifey who immediately says,

'She wants you to take her for a walk la!'

Huh? Since when does she start demanding for walks? Then wifey takes the body harness and she immediately jumps into in and waits for the leash to be clipped on to be taken out. I still refuse to believe that she knows the significance of the body harness and refuse to put on the leash which in turn leads her to sulk at wifey's feet.

'Now look what you've done, she wants you to take her for a walk la.' Wifey says.

Hmmmm ... to test a theory, I put down the book on roadside assistance I was reading and clip on the leash. She happily gets up, wags her tail and starts dragging me to the door. Darn, that dog really wants to go for a walk. The moment I open the front door grille, she continues to drag me outside. Ok, now comes the part that really amazed me.

Normally if I let her outside the house in the porch area, she would without fail go to the side fence wanting to start a fight with the neighbours dog (who is twice her size, mind you) but this time she just drags me to the front gate and starts pushing against it looking at me as if to say,

'Open the gate already you moron and take me for a walk!'

I was shaking my head in disbelieve at how smart this dog has really become! She know that it's time to go upstairs if we start closing all the doors and windows and will immediately go to the stairs and wait for us. She knows the difference when I'm going to work or when I'm going out and leaving her alone at home.

She knows where her snacks are and will sit in front of it and stare at it if she wants a snack. She knows that it's time to sleep and will jump off the bed at night and call it a day without disturbing us. She knows when we're awake in the mornings and will jump in bed and snuggle up between us. She knows when we tell her 'no more, come, sit down, up, inside, quiet, no' and lots more commands.

She really has come a long way since the first time she came to us. Back then, she was a quiet little jittery dog, now she's the queen of this house who often times gets me in trouble with wifey when I refuse to do her bidding. I wonder what else she's going to learn in the next few weeks? Maybe she'll start saying,

'Hey moron, take me for a drive and get me a nice collar with some bling, bling on it!' LOL!
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What's today's date?

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 05:43 AM PDT

Eh, I just remembered that today is 11 Sep, the anniversary date of the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center in 2001.

By the way, I couldn't help but use this picture above by Andy Yeoh to depict this morning's goings-on at the Penang Bridge on, yes, you guessed right, the same date!
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Jika UMNO Jujur, Tahan Ibrahim Ali Bawah ISA

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 05:42 AM PDT

Petelagahan Umno Dan Perkasa Hanya Sandiwara

Ketua Pembangkang Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim yakin perbalahan Umno-Perkasa hanya sandiwara bersama untuk menghadapi Pilihanraya Umum ke-13.

Beliau berkata, umum sedia maklum bahawa kepimpinan Umno selama ini mempromosikan Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia.

Bukan sahaja permit kumpulan itu lulus dalam sekejapan, bahkan juga majlis-majlis Perkasa direstui dan dihadiri bukan sahaja oleh mantan Presiden Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, tetapi juga Presiden Umno, Najib Abdul Razak.


Mutakhir ini media melaporkan Umno membuat keputusan untuk menjauhi Perkasa dengan kerana kumpulan itu mengugat kestabilan Barisan Nasional, dan menghakis sokongan rakyat kepada gagasan itu.

Anwar menyifatkan Umno bermain bunga silat untuk mengelirukan pandangan rakyat, kononnya langkah menceraikan Perkasa adalah perlu bagi mencapai matlamat 1Malaysia.

"UMNO tidak boleh lepaskan tanggungjawabnya sebagai satu badan yang selalu mempromosikan PERKASA jika mereka masih berdegil maknanya mereka harus memberikan penjelasan kepada rakyat apa yang berlaku sebenarnya,"kata Anwar

Beliau menggesa Umno menjelaskan kepad rakyat apakah keputusan itu adalah dasar yang kekal, atau sekadar keperluan politik semasa semata-mata.

"Kalau setakat ini kita tidak yakin bahawa sebenarnya UMNO tidak menjiwai apa yang disuarakan oleh PERKASA tetapi hanya satu sandiwara politik sementara", kata Dato Seri Anwar selepas menghadiri rumah terbuka anjuran Parti Keadilan di tapak Expo seberang jaya petang tadi.

Sementara itu, Anwar memberi amaran bahawa tindakan tegas akan dikenakan terhadap mana-mana ahli Parti Keadilan Rakyat yang menganggotai Perkasa, kerana ia bercanggah dengan prinsip perjuangan parti.

Ulasan GB

Seorang pengkomen di blog GB menyatakan PERKASA lebih kurang macam Makkal Sakhti. Ditubuhkan oleh UMNO kononnya untuk perkukuhkan BN. Apa yang terjadi ialah kedua-duanya bakal menjadi peruntuh bukan pengukuh.

Yang kedua, ialah peranan Najib yang umum mengathui, sepertimana di dalam tindakan-tindakan yang banyak seperti pembelian wakil rakyat PR menjadi ahli UMNO dan Bebas, Najib ibarat baling batu sembunyi tangan. Begitu halnya penubuhan Makkal Sakhti dan Perkasa. Sekali lagi lontaran batu Najib kali ini melantun balik ke arah mukanya.

Ketiga, jika benar Najib dan UMNO membantah gagasan Perkasa, apa lagi ditunggu, ISAkan saja Ibrahim Ali. ISA ditentang hebat oleh PR, tetapi UMNO mempertahankannya konon di atas dasar keselamatan negara. Ternyata Ibrahim Ali dan Perkasanya berserta pencacai seperti Utusan telah banyak dan sentiasa memainkan api perkauman di negara ini. Mengapa ISA tidak digunakan? Apakah ISA hanya digunakan terhadap pembangkang?









For Men Only! :-)

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 04:24 AM PDT

Ok. I confess. I am trying to come to terms with the loss of my handphone and what better way than to spend hours and hours online reading the best jokes? :-) I would not be surprised if my husband, son and neighbours must think I have gone mad.

Picture this.

Silence.

Then, out of the blues...comes the sound of Hahahahahahahah!

Silence again.

Then, unexpectedly, the tranquility of my neighbourhood is punctured by my laughter. :-)
Here are some of the best jokes I read today which truly made me feel MUCH better and I am still smiling....:-) Have a lovely evening, everyone!

For Men Only! :-)



A young single guy is on a cruise ship, having the time of his life. On the second day of the cruise, the ship slams into an iceberg and begins to sink. Passengers around him are screaming, flailing, and drowning but he manages to grab on to a piece of driftwood and, using every last ounce of strength, swims a few miles through the shark-infested sea to a remote island.

Sprawled on the shore nearly passed out from exhaustion, he turns his head and sees a woman lying near him, unconscious, barely breathing. She's also managed to wash up on shore from the sinking ship.

He makes his way to her, and with some mouth-to-mouth assistance he manages to get her breathing again. She looks up at him, wide-eyed and grateful, and says, "My God, you saved my life!" He suddenly realizes the woman is Cindy Crawford!

Days and weeks go by. Cindy and the man are living on the island together. They've set up a hut, there's fruit on the trees, and they're in heaven. Cindy's fallen madly in love with him, and they're making passionate love morning, noon and night. One day she notices he's looking kind of glum.

"What's the matter, sweetheart?" she asks. "We have a wonderful life together. I'm in love with you. Is there something wrong? Is there anything I can do?"

He says, "Actually, Cindy, there is. Would you mind putting on my shirt?"

"Sure," she says, "If it will help."

He takes off his shirt and she puts it on. "Now would you put on my pants?" he asks.

"Sure, honey, if it's really going to make you feel better," she says.

"Okay, would you put on my hat now, and draw a little mustache on your face?" he asks.

"Whatever you want, sweetie," she says, and does.

Then he says, "Now, would you start walking around the edge of the island?"

She starts walking around the perimeter of the island. He sets off in the other direction. They meet up half way around the island a few minutes later. He rushes up to her, grabs her by the shoulders, and says, "Dude! You'll never believe who I'm sleeping with!"
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This is an actual job application a 17 year old boy submitted at a McDonald's fast-food establishment in Florida... and they hired him because he was so honest and funny!

NAME: Greg Bulmash

SEX: Not yet. Still waiting for the right person.

DESIRED POSITION: Company's President or Vice President. But seriously, whatever's available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn't be applying here in the first place.

DESIRED SALARY: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. If that's not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.

EDUCATION: Yes.

LAST POSITION HELD: Target for middle management hostility.

SALARY: Less than I'm worth.

MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

REASON FOR LEAVING: It sucked.

HOURS AVAILABLE TO WORK: Any.

PREFERRED HOURS: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL SKILLS?: Yes, but they're better suited to a more intimate environment.

MAY WE CONTACT YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?: If I had one, would I be here?

DO YOU HAVE ANY PHYSICAL CONDITIONS THAT WOULD PROHIBIT YOU FROM LIFTING UP TO 50 LBS?: Of what?

DO YOU HAVE A CAR?: I think the more appropriate question here would be "Do you have a car that runs?"

HAVE YOU RECEIVED ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearing house Sweepstakes.

DO YOU SMOKE?: On the job no, on my breaks yes.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?: Living in the Bahamas with a fabulously wealthy dumb sexy blonde super model who thinks I'm the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I'd like to be doing that now.

DO YOU CERTIFY THAT THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND COMPLETE TO THE BEST OF YOUR KNOWLEDGE?: Yes. Absolutely.

SIGN HERE: Aries.:-)
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What's for Dinner?

A concerned husband went to the doctor to talk about his wife.

He said to the doctor, "I think my wife is deaf because she never hears me the first time and always asks me to repeat things."

"Well," the doctor replied, "go home tonight, stand about 15 feet from her, and say something. If she doesn't reply, move 5 feet closer and say it again. Keep doing this until we get an idea about the severity of her deafness."

The husband went home and did exactly as the doctor had instructed. He started off 15 feet from his wife in the kitchen as she was chopping some vegetables.

He said, "Honey, what's for dinner?"

He heard no response. He moved 5 feet closer and asked again. No reply. He moved 5 feet closer. Still no reply.

He finally got fed up and moved right behind her, about an inch away, and asked again, "Honey, what's for dinner?"

She replied, "For the fourth time, vegetable stew!"

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The E-Mail

An Illinois man left the snowballed streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick e-mail.

Unable to find the scrap of paper on which he had written her e-mail address, he did his best to type it in from memory. Unfortunately, he missed one letter, and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher's wife whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her e-mail, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor dead.

At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

Dearest Wife,

Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

Your Loving Husband.

P.S. Sure is hot down here.

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The Parrots

A lady approaches her priest and says, "Father, I have a problem. I have two female talking parrots, but they only know how to say one thing."

"What do they say?" the priest inquires.

"They only know how to say, 'Hi, we're prostitutes. Want to have some fun?'"

"That's terrible," the priest exclaims, "but I have a solution to your problem. Bring your two female parrots over to my house, and I will put them with my two male talking parrots whom I taught to pray and read the bible. My parrots will teach your parrots to stop saying that terrible phrase, and your female parrots will learn to praise and worship."

"Thank you!" the woman responds.

The next day, the woman brings her female parrots to the priest's house. His two male parrots are holding rosary beads and praying in their cage. The lady puts her two female parrots in with the male parrots, and the female parrots say, "Hi, we're prostitutes, want to have some fun?"

One male parrot looks at the other male parrot and exclaims, "Put the beads away. Our prayers have been answered!"

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ISU ORANG BUKAN ISLAM MEMASUKI MASJID YANG DIPOLITIKKAN

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:30 PM PDT

ISU ORANG BUKAN ISLAM MEMASUKI MASJID YANG DIPOLITIKKAN

Lajnah Penerangan Pas Pusat

  • Utusan Malaysia melaporkan YB Teo Nie Ching Ahli Parlimen Serdang DAP masuk ke surau al-Huda Kajang Sentral 22/8/10
  • Utusan melaporkan YB Teo beri "Tazkirah" dan memberi bantuan kepada ahli Pas
  • Bukan tazkirah Ramadhan tetapi beliau beri taklimat bantuan pendidikan kerajaan negeri Selangor dan memberi bantuan RM1000 untuk surau bukan kepada ahli Pas. Ini satu fitnah.
  • PERKASA suruh pulang kembali wang tersebut dan hendak ganti semula RM1000 pada AJK Surau. 
  • Datuk Hishamudin Hussin Onn Naib Presiden Umno kata YB Teo orang yang berada dalam hadas besar mana boleh masuk ke ruang solat.
  • YB Teo berjumpa dengan Mursyidul Am di Rumah Kelantan Kuala Lumpur pada 30/8/10
  • Mursyidul Am suruh pergi lagi lawat masjid atau surau.
  • Tidak ada larangan orang bukan Islam melawat surau atau masjid ini yang dilakukan di zaman nabi SAW.
  • Larangan ini hanya daripada umno yang berfikiran sempit
  • Teo berasa gembira dengan penjelasan Tuan Guru Nik Aziz
  • Hishamudin marah kepada kenyataan Mursyidul Am kerana "ia menganggap membawa kekeliruan sesama kita orang Islam"
  • Sebenarnya yang buat keliru ialah pemimpin umno, takut orang bukan Islam jinak dengan rumah Allah.
  • Kerajaan Selangor akan minta penjelasan Pengarah JAIS Datuk Kusrin mengenai isu ini kata Hasan Ali BH 31/8/10
  • Jamil Khir Baharom Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, berkata Sultan Selangor sudah mengeluarkan arahan yang perlu dipatuhi semua pihak, termasuk pemimpin masyarakat.
  • "Memang benar hukum Islam membenarkan bukan Islam boleh memasuki masjid atau surau, tapi dalam kes ini ia ada unsur politik dan peraturan jelas sudah dikeluarkan mengenainya. Kita mesti melihat isu berkenaan dari banyak sudut. Perintah Sultan Selangor melarang aktiviti berunsur politik di tempat ibadat umat Islam adalah demi kepentingan ummah," katanya ketika dihubungi Berita Harian bagi mengulas kenyataan Mursyidul Am
  • Kusrin kata ini melanggar arahan Sultan jangan berpolitik di masjid. Walaupun zaman nabi orang bukan Islam datang ke masjid, bukan untuk berpolitik
  • Berapa banyak program politik yang umno buat di negeri umno perintah?
  • Kusrin menafikan Sultan mendapat maklumat yang tidak betul UM 2/9/10
  • MAIS telah memberi surat melarang Teo masuk ke kawasan solat di Surau atau masjid.(Malaysiainsider 1/9/10)

· Teo sudah minta maaf dengan Sultan 28/8/10 Bernama

· Datuk Seri Najib: MP Serdang langgar fatwa masuk surau, beri tazkirah (5/9/10) Nampaknya Presiden umno meneruskan fitnah lagi menuduh Teo memberi "tazkirah"

· Datuk Najib pun suruh rujuk fatwa"boleh masuk dengan pakaian sopan"

· Bagaimana pula isteri pemimpin umno, bukan sahaja masuk surau/ masjid tidak sopan dengan Allah SWT, malahan sepanjang masa

· Inilah pemimpin yang bercakap tidak serupa bikin.

  • Utusan juga melaporkan Ahli Parlimen Selayang daripada Parti Keadilan Rakyat, William Leong Jee Keen masuk ke ruang solat Masjid At-Taqwa untuk memberi sumbangan kepada masjid tersebut (UM 29/8/10)

· En Mizan Mamat Nazir Masjid al-Taqwa Selayang berkata Ahli Jawatankuasa Masjid At-Taqwa tidak pernah menerima surat rasmi daripada Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) yang menyatakan tidak boleh membawa masuk orang bukan Islam ke dalam masjid.(UM 29/8/10)

 

Rumusan Isu

  • Media umno dan pemimpin umno bising kerana, YB yang masuk masjid dari kalangan YB DAP. Mereka diam kalau dari kalangan MCA atau Gerakan.
  • Mereka mengharapkan isu ini untuk memburukkan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat yang tidak menghormati rumah Allah.
  • Tindakan pemimpin umno dan kuncu-kuncunya menjatuhkan martabat Islam di pandangan orang bukan Islam
  • Kalau apa yang dilakukan oleh umno dan kuncu-kuncunya sampai bila orang bukan Islam tidak akan mendekati Islam
  • Berapa banyak masjid dan surau dimasuki oleh orang bukan Islam. Contoh pernah berlaku dalam kempen pilihanraya 1986 calon Gerakan di bawa ke dalam surau di DUN Changkat Jering.
  • Berapa banyak masjid dibina oleh orang bukan Islam, karpet, PA system dibuat oleh orang bukan Islam.
  • Umno sudah kehilangan isu, maka isu perkauman dan agama sahaja modal terakhir.
  • Isu tutup aurat yang menjadi halangan orang bukan Islam tidak dibenar masuk ke masjid, telah menjadi bahan ketawa masyarakat termasuk orang bukan Islam. Mereka lihat bagaimana isteri pemimpin umno tidak bertudung.
  • Kenyataan Tuan Guru Nik Aziz yang menjelaskan kepada YB Teo telah menjernihkan kembali Islam yang sebenar yang dirosak oleh pemimpin umno.

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PERBINCANGAN HUKUM ORANG BUKAN ISLAM MEMASUKI MASJID

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:40 PM PDT

PERBINCANGAN HUKUM ORANG BUKAN ISLAM MEMASUKI MASJID

Ustaz Zaharudin Mohamad

Ahli Majlis Syura Pas

Pertama : Bukan Islam memasuki Masjidil Haram.

Kedua : Sebab mengapa bukan Islam dilarang memasuki masjidil haram.

Ketiga: Bukan Islam memasuki masjid selain masjidil Haram

Saya akan cuba meringkaskan jawapan bagi ketiga-tiga persoalan sekaligus secara padat dan mampu difahami, InshaAllah.

Asas rujukan hukum bagi persoalan ini diambil dari dua ayat berikut :

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ إِنَّمَا الْمُشْرِكُونَ نَجَسٌ فَلاَ يَقْرَبُواْ الْمَسْجِدَ الْحَرَامَ بَعْدَ عَامِهِمْ هَـذَا

Ertinya : Hai orang-orang yang beriman, sesungguhnya orang-orang yang musyrik itu kotor, maka janganlah mereka mendekati Masjidil haram sesudah tahun ini.. (At-Taubat : 28)

Satu lagi adalah :-

أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ لاَ تَقْرَبُواْ الصَّلاَةَ وَأَنتُمْ سُكَارَى حَتَّىَ تَعْلَمُواْ مَا تَقُولُونَ وَلاَ جُنُبًا إِلاَّ عَابِرِي سَبِيلٍ حَتَّىَ تَغْتَسِلُواْ

Ertinya : "Hai orang-orang yang beriman, janganlah kamu salat, sedang kamu dalam keadaan mabuk, sehingga kamu mengerti apa yang kamu ucapkan, (jangan pula hampiri mesjid) sedang kamu dalam keadaan junub, terkecuali sekedar berlalu saja." ( 4:43 )

MASUK MASJIDIL HARAM

Majoriti ulama melarang bukan Islam memasuki masjidil haram atas larangan yang terdapat di dalam ayat diatas. Namun Imam Abu Hanifah dan Ahmad mempunyai sedikit perincian dalam hal tersebut.

Berdasarkan dua ayat ini, majoriti ulama dari kalangan mazhab maliki dan Syafie melarang bukan Islam memasuki Masjidil Haram, namun demikian dibenarkan bagi ahli Kitab (Kristian dan Yahudi) untuk memasukinya dengan syarat-syarat tertentu.

Imam Abu Hanifah pula menyatakan non-muslim dibenarkan untuk memasuki masjidil haram sekadar lalu, namun tidak dibenarkan untuknya duduk dan menetap di sana (sebagaimana sebahagian umat Islam); ini kerana beliau berpandangan, 'kotor' yang disebut di dalam ayat itu hanyalah membawa maksud kekotoran syirik yang melibatkan hati bukannya kekotoran fizikal. Lebih dari itu, Ibn Hajar menyatakan mazhab Hanafi membenarkan bukan Islam memasuki masjid tanpa syarat.

Imam Ahmad Hanbal pula menyatakan bukan Islam hanya dibenarkan untuk memasuki masjidil haram dan lainnya setelah mendapat kebenaran dari umat Islam atas tujuan-tujuan yang munasabah seperti pembinaan dan maintainance. Beliau mengambil dalil iaitu penduduk Taif dibenarkan oleh nabi s.a.w untuk menetap dan tinggal di masjid sebelum mereka memeluk Islam.

Rasulullah juga diriwayatkan menerima tetamu Kristian dari Najran di dalam masjid Madinah, malah ketika itu mereka juga diizinkan oleh Nabi s.a.w untuk menunaikan sembahyang mereka di dalam masjid, nabi menyebut kepada sahabat

"Biarkan mereka (untuk melunaskan sembahyang mereka)"

Selain itu, Imam Al-Bukhari juga ada membawakan sebuah hadis yang menyebut bagaimana seorang bukan Islam bernama Thamamah ibn Athal, diikat oleh Rasulullah di dalam masjid (ditanglkap atas kesalahan tertentu),

بعث رسول اللَّهِ خَيْلًا قِبَلَ نَجْدٍ فَجَاءَتْ بِرَجُلٍ من بَنِي حَنِيفَةَ يُقَالُ له ثُمَامَةُ بن أُثَالٍ فَرَبَطُوهُ بِسَارِيَةٍ من سَوَارِي الْمَسْجِدِ

Ertinya : Rasulullah s.a.w menghantar seorang berkuda di arah Najd, maka terlihat seorang lelaki dari Bani Hanfiah ( sedang mengintip) yang bernama Thumamah Bin Uthal, lalu diikatnya di satu tiang dari tiang-tiang masjid ( Riwayat Al-Bukhari & Muslim )

Selepas tiga hari, akhirnya setelah dia melihat bagaimana umat islam beribadah dan keramahan umat Islam kepadanya yang sentiasa bertanya keadaannya, dia akhirnya memeluk Islam kerana tertawan melihat keindahan kehidupan dan ibadah umat Islam.[1]

HUKUM MASUK MASJID SELAIN MASJIDIL HARAM

Imam Ibn Hajar Al-'Asqolani ketika menghuraikan isu ini mengatakan mazhab Maliki tetap MELARANG bukan Islam memasuki masjid manakala Mazhab Syafie, Hanbali dan Hanafi membenarkan bukan Islam untuk memasuki masjid-masjid lain dengan syarat-syarat tertentu. Beliau juga menegaskan kebenaran ini cukup kuat dari dalil tawanan perang bernama Thumamah tersebut.

Imam Nawawi menghuraikan :

وفي هذا جواز ربط الأسير وحبسه وجواز إدخال المسجد الكافر ومذهب الشافعي جوازه بإذن مسلم سواء كان الكافر كتابيا أو غيره وقال عمر بن عبد العزيز وقتادة ومالك لا يجوز

Ertinya : Melihat kepada hadis ini, harus hukumnya mengikat tawanan dan menahannya serta harus juga seorang yang bukan Islam untuk memasuki masjid. Mazhab Syafie : menyatakan keharusannya dengan syarat terdapat keizinan dari umat Islam sama ada kafir itu dari kalangan ahli Kitab atau selainnya. Namun Khalifah Umar bin Abd Aziz, Qatadah dan Imam Malik tidak mengharuskannya. (Syarah Sohih Muslim, 12/87)

Selain yang diatas, anak murid Imam Syafie yang utama iaitu Al-Muzani juga berbeza ijtihad dengan gurunya, beliau menyatakan TIDAK HARUS bukan Islam memasuki masjid apatah lagi menetap di dalamnya, kerana jika mereka dibenarkan, sudah tentu orang yang berjunub juga akan dibenarkan. Sedangkan ayat di atas menyebut larangan bagi mereka yang berjunub memasuki masjid kecuali lalu sahaja.

Al-Mawardi memetik kata Al-Muzani iaitu :-

لأنه لو جاز ذلك له لكان الجنب المسلم أولى به لموضع حرمته وتشريفه فلما لم يجز للمسلم المبيت فيه كان المشرك أولى

Ertinya : Sekiranya harus (bagi bukan Islam masuk masjid), sudah tentu muslim yang berjunub lebih utama untuk dibenarkan disebabkan kehormatannya dan kemuliaannya, maka di ketika TIDAK HARUS bagi seorang Muslim menetap di dalamnya, maka tentulah bukan Islam lebih lagi dilarang (kerana mereka dikira sentiasa berjunub) ( Al-Hawi Al-Kabir, 2/268)

Imam Al-Mawardi As-Syafie membawakan pula teks kata-kata Imam Syafie dalam hal ini iaitu :-

ولا بأس أن يبيت المشرك في كل مسجد إلا المسجد الحرام

Ertinya : Tiada masalah untuk seorang bukan Islam menetap di setiap masjid kecuali masjidil Haram. ( Al-Hawi Al-Kabir, 2/268)

KESIMPULANNYA

Majoriti ulama bersepakat bukan Islam TIDAK BOLEH MEMASUKI masjidil haram, namun dengan agak ketara mereka berbeza ijtihad dalam menentukan hukum bagi masjid-masjid yang lain.

Namun demikian, majoriti ulama silam dan kontemporari dilihat mengharuskan bagi masjid-masjid biasa dengan syarat-syarat tertentu seperti :-

  • 1) Mestilah dengan izin umat Islam atau badan berkuasa Islam bagi masjid berkenaan.
  • 2) Mestilah mempunyai sebab yang munasabah untuk memasukinya sama ada untuk mendengar penerangan berkenaan Islam, mendaftar sesuatu, bertanya, melihat dan mempelajari cara ibadah umat Islam dan yang seumpamanya.
  • 3) Mereka mestilah menghormati seluruh keadaan dan alatan masjid, tidak membuat kebisingan dan memakai pakaian yang sesuai seperti menutup aurat bagi wanitanya yang izin memasuki masjid.

 

 


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Berita Awal September

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 08:57 PM PDT

Terselit dalam grafik yang mengiringi esei tulisan Faisal Tehrani, "Cabaran Pengarang Muda" dalam majalah Tunas Cipta edisi September 2010. Foto dan pemberitahuan ihsan Hazwan Arif Hakimi.


Najib's catch 22 !

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 09:56 PM PDT

'Perkasa is the public face of Umno's hypocrisy and its cunning aspirations for 'Ketuanan Melayu'. Perkasa announces what Umno secretly subscribes to.'
How true it is ! This very comment above in Malaysiakini sums it all up for the 2-faced 1Malaysia concocted by the PM. Again as UMNO claims to distance itself from the racists Perkasa, Perkasa with it's blessings from it's Indian patron, issues a warning salvo that UMNO will loose in the next GE if it did not embrace Perkasa ! Going by the same claim UMNO will loose the next GE if it did too !! You think the other race based groups though irrelevant they may seem, like MCA and MIC are going to come out in support of UMNO's decision ?? They must be suckers and masochists to again submit to such racially drawn trickery ! ( here and here )

Either way the next GE will surely see the end of the R.A.H.M.A.N. prophesy too because this mythical theory holds true as only for those who want to believe it......and there's an awful lot within UMNO who would swear by it. So while time is running out, the many opportunists within UMNO have resorted to go into over-drive and plunder to the max whatever they can lay their hands on. And in these days of instant flashes for news, mostly from the vigilante electronic media, our cyberspace is chocking of such stories and it brings a bad taste to the rakyat's mouth.

Perkasa is headed by a failure Ibrahim Ali who was kicked-out of UMNO then Semangat46 and PAS and reeks of racists. And who better then that old and irrelevant Indian man, Tun Mahathir, to give patronage and encouragement to boldly attack everything non-malay ? One plus point about Perkasa is.......all Malaysians of remote Indian origins and profess Islam as their religion can proudly boast and claim to be part of the 500,000 strong Perkasa now. Has anybody actually seen their membership roll ? Or is that just figures plucked from thin air and is also deemed "classified" under the OSA or something like that ? Hmmmm.....phantoms rule ! ( here )

As for the poor PM Najib who's caught in a catch 22 situation and who's short tenure will end abruptly, come the next GE, has to immediately do away with all race based parties and sincerely unite them as one in the "utopian" 1Malaysia or just plain BN or see the realisation of that prophesy ending the long over stayed welcome of the current, or if I may say so, corrupt government.

Change of power is imminent Mr. PM so deal or no deal, Sir ??


21 deaths on Day 8 of Ops Sikap

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 09:19 PM PDT


ANGELINA JOLIE MENEWASKAN OTAK KELDAI PASTOR TERRY JONES...

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 12:42 AM PDT

Wah! Jelita sungguh la Cik Angelina kita nih, macam aweks Pakistan laa. Ala-ala gaya Benazir Bhutto. Memang cuuuuunnn... phewittt~!!!


Jolie kutuk cadangan bakar al-Quran. tajuk berita ini membuatkan aku semakin sayang kepada awek cun yang bernama Angelina Jolie. sesungguhnya aku mencintai Angelina. walaupun dia tidak pernah tahu tentang kewujudan aku.

Apakah si Jolie bercakap begini disebabkan dia berada di islamabad,Pakistan. takut kena bom? atau mungkin nak jaga hati. apaun alasannya kita tidak patut prejudis dgn beliau. sebab apa? sebab beliau cun gila....

kenyataan yang paling bagus menunjukkan dia mempunyai IQ tinggi adalah bila dia berkata, "Saya sukar memikirkan bahawa ada orang yang sanggup membakar kitab suci agama lain," kata Jolie.

kenyataan yang tersangat-sangat bijak dan rasional. kenyataan yang anti perkauman.

nampaknya walaupun si Angleina Jolie ini hanya sekdar pelakon cun Holywood tapi pemikiran jauh meninggalkan otak keldai seekor manusia yang bernama Pastor Terry Jones. Baca lagi...


Pertandingan Timbalan Presiden Keadilan melucukan

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 10:47 PM PDT


Flashback: Christians in Gaza Fear for Their Lives as Muslims Burn Bibles and Destroy Crosses June 18, 2007

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 03:18 AM PDT

After defeating their rivals in Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, Muslim extremists are focusing their attacks on Christians in Gaza City. Christians in Gaza City have issued an appeal to the international community and a plea for protection against the increased attacks by Muslim extremists.

Father Manuel Musallem, head of Gaza's Latin church, told the AP that Muslims have ransacked, burned and looted a school and convent that are part of the Gaza Strip's small Romany Catholic community. He told the AP that crosses were broken, damage was done to a statue of Jesus, and at the Rosary Sister School and nearby convent, prayer books were burned.

Gunmen used the roof of the school during the fighting, and the convent was "desecrated," Mussalem told the AP. "Nothing happens by mistake these days," he said. Father Musalam additionally told The Jerusalem Post that the Muslim gunmen used rocket-propeled grenades (RPGs) to blow through the doors of the church and school, before burning Bibles and destroying every cross they could get their hands on.

Catholic Online reports that the heads of Christian churches in the Holy Land have urged both sides to put aside their weapons, noting that the infighting diverted international attention from the national goal of Palestinian independence.

"This domestic fighting where brother draws his weapon against brother is detrimental to all the aspirations of achieving security and stability for the Palestinian people," they said. "In the name of the one and only God as well as in the name of each devastated Palestinian, many of whom are still dying, we urge our brothers in the Fatah and Hamas movements to listen to the voice of reason, truth and wisdom."

One young woman told the Catholic News Service that she was concerned the Islamic extremists would "enforce a strict dress code, forcing women to wear veils and robes." One Christian teenager spoke to the Catholic News Service on the condition that her name not be used. She said the days of fighting had been "very difficult" but they were "OK now." Associated Content Hat tip: Drudge Report.


Malaysia among poorest nations with one of the highest Muslim 'religiosity'

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 03:07 AM PDT

UMNO - PERKASA : Cinta Bilang Benci

Posted: 11 Sep 2010 01:00 AM PDT

Anwar Tidak Yakin Umno Cerai Perkasa

Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tidak yakin Umno akan memutuskan hubungan politik dengan Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia

Menurut Anwar, Umno perlu menjelaskan apakah tindakan Umno itu adalah dasar yang kekal atau sekadar keperluan pilihanraya semasa semata-mata.

"Umno perlu beri penjelasan, apakah ini dasar atau keperluan politik," kata Anwar di rumah terbuka Kerajaan Negeri Selangor, Shah Alam, semalam.

Beliau skeptik kerana umum sedar bahawa Umno yang telah mencorak dan membesarkan Perkasa selama ini.

"Mereka meluluskan dan beri sokongan kepada Perkasa," katanya.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak pada 3 April lalu berkata Perkasa bukan kumpulan pelampau ekstrem, jika seseorang benar-benar memahami tuntutan mereka. -TVS


Anwar asks Umno to explain love-hate ties with Perkasa

Opposition leaders, including Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, have expressed scepticism over Umno's move to distance itself from Perkasa.

"Umno needs to explain. Is this policy or is this political expediency," Anwar said today.

The PKR adviser and Opposition leader pointed out that it was Umno which built up the Malay rights group to what it is.

"They endorsed, they gave facilities and they gave support to Perkasa," he said.

Top Umno leaders earlier today spoke up against the Perkasa and its controversial president Datuk Ibrahim Ali.

Among those speaking out against Ibrahim, who has been seen as a thorn in the side of the Najib Administration was Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor reportedly also told his counterparts in Barisan Nasional that Umno would not back Perkasa or its president Ibrahim in the next general election.

Anwar said he did not understand the inconsistencies but doubted the move was a prelude to snap elections.

He also noted that the prime minister himself had remained silent on the issue.

Anwar said Najib has allowed Perkasa to continue inciting racial hatred all this while.

While Umno moved to distance itself, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has declared his support for Perkasa which he described as a crutch for a weak Umno.

The former PM, who is also Perkasa patron, said that members of the Malay rights group are Umno supporters and it would not help the party's cause to turn them away.

"He is trying to make himself relevant," said Anwar while dismissing Dr Mahathir's comments.

PKR Batu MP Chua Tian Chang today also expressed disbelieve at Umno' move.

"It's not for real," said PKR strategy chief.

His view is that Perkasa was allowed to run its course so that Umno could look more appealing to non-Malays.

"This is a game and Perkasa is irrelevant," he said.

Chua said it would have been better for the BN federal government to concentrate on solving issues without looking at the race card.

Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim described the move by Umno as the "usual drama" which is being repeated.

The Selangor Mentri Besar advised Umno to take a page from Pakatan Rakayat's (PR) administration of Selangor for the last two and half years.

He said that PR had managed to avoid using the race card and focused on governing the state fairly.

Khalid pointed out that help was extended to those who needed it regardless of race.-TMI



Demo Di Pakistan - Jangan Sesekali Berfikir Untuk Membakar Al-Quran

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 11:55 PM PDT

Demo di beberapa kota Afghanistan

Ribuan warga Afghanistan turun ke jalanraya untuk memprotes rancangan pembakaran Al Quran di Florida yang kini telah ditangguhkan.

Dalam salah satu tunjuk perasaan yang terjadi di Afghanistan Timur Laut, tiga orang tertembak ketika mereka melakukan demontrasi di sebuah pangkalan Nato.

Presiden Afghanistan Hamid Karzai mengatakan rancangan Pastor Terry Jones di Gainesville, Florida merupakan penghinaan terhadap Islam.

Pastor Terry Jones mengatakan dalam acara television Amerika bahwa dia sekarang tidak berniat melaksanakan rencananya.

Presiden Barack Obama telah memperingatkan bahawa tindakan itu akan mempermudah Al Qaida untuk merekrut anggota, sementara Menteri Pertahanan Robert Gates meminta pastor itu membatalkan rencananya.

Berbagai demonstrasi di Afghanistan terjadi setelah solat aidilfitri semalam.

Para demonstran telah membakar bendera Amerika dan meneriakkan "Mampus lah ummat Kristen".

Di berbagai tempat

Di ibukota provinsi Badakhshan, Faizabad, menurut Ketua Polis tempatan sekitar 1500 turun ke jalanraya untuk melakukan protes.

Protes yang lebih kecil juga terjadi di kota itu, dimana sekitar 150 orang melemparkan batu dan berusaha memanjat dinding sebuah tempat kemudahan Nato yang dijaga tentera Jerman.

Ketua Polis, Faizabad mengatakan penjaga keamanan swasta telah menembak para demonstran sehingga mencederakan tiga orang.

Demonstrasi juga terjadi di ibukota provinsi Nimruz, Zaranj; di provinsi Kunar; di provinsi Nangarhar; dan provinsi Parwan di utara Kabul.

Demonstrasi dilaporkan juga terjadi di provinsi Baghlan, Kunduz dan Balkh.

Afghanistan mempunyai 34 propinsi. Kabul juga dilanda berbagai demontrasi sepanjang minggu ini.

Ketika menyampaikan kutbah Idul Fitri, Presiden Karzai mengatakan: "Kita mendengar bahwa di Amerika ada pendeta yang berniat menghina Al Quran. Meski sekarang tindakan itu tidak jadi dilakukan, kami katakan kepada mereka bahwa seharusnya mereka sama sekali jangan berfikir untuk melakukan hal itu."

"Mereka tidak akan mencederai Al Quran dengan membakarnya. Al Quran berada di hati sanubari satu setengah billion orang. Penghinaan terhadap Al Quran merupakan penghinaan terhadap berbagai bangsa."


A Different Perspective

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 11:29 PM PDT

Exactly nine years ago, the world was shell-shocked by the September 11 attacks (often referred to as September 11th or 9/11)- a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States. According to Wikipedia, on that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights. Many conspiracy theories have been formulated to try to explain the loss. While some of the loved ones of victims have managed to cope with the loss, many are still struggling to move on after this tragedy.



Today, I want to blog about a different aspect of this tragedy. There are enough negative reports about various issues so for a change, I want to write about something different. This 911 incident may hold different meanings/significance to different people. Some like my friends who narrowly escaped death because they were late for work, have a completely different lifestyle now - appreciating the little things in life that they used to take for granted. Others like me have learnt precious lessons even thousands of miles away.

In life, we meet all kinds of people: some inspire us to do better simultaneously recognizing our strengths and accepting our weaknesses while others may be ever ready to pounce on us to find fault, condemn, belittle or make the devil in us appear.

Yet, life is made worthwhile with all kinds of human interaction that enrich and color our lives no matter who we meet because we need to handle ourselves and not let people handle us. Sometimes, we also read about people who are ever ready to give of themselves for the betterment of the others around them.

One person who has touched me and inspired me to be resilient and steadfast in my life is Rick Rescorla. He is that ONE person who made a difference in the 911 tragedy.

When I first read about Rick Rescorla, I was simply astounded by his selflessness and zeal to embody and project the spirit of survival to the extent of sacrificing himself for the well being of his friends and colleagues. By the end of the article, I felt so much for the 2, 687 friends and colleagues whom he saved and the wife and family he left behind. Read on... (The following parts are summarized from TIME, June 23, 2008).

Rick Rescola was the Head of Security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter at the World Trade Center. He believed that with a bit of leadership, ordinary people were capable of great achievements.

Born in England, he joined the US military to fight the communists in Vietnam earning a Silver Star, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart in battles memorialized in the 1992 book by Lieut. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway, "We Were Soldiers Once ...and Young."

Eventually, he moved to New Jersey and settled into the life of a security executive. After the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, Rescorla worried about a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center insisting on the need for more security in the parking garage. Their recommendations were ignored.

Three years later, Ramzi Yousef drove a truck full of explosives into the underground parking garage of the WTC just as Rescorla had predicted. Armed with the credibility he needed and his muscular personality, he changed the culture of Morgan Stanley.

His employer was the largest tenant in the WTC, a village nestled in the clouds. He ordered the employees not to listen to any instructions from the Port Authority in a real emergency as he felt that it had lost all legitimacy after it failed to respond to his 1990 warnings. So he implemented frequent surprise fire drills. He trained employees to meet in the hallway between the stairwells and go down the stairs, two by two to the 44th floor.

Millionaire, high performance bankers on the 73rd floor did not appreciate the drills which cost the company money but Rescorla did it anyway.

His military training had taught him a simple rule of human nature: the best way to get the brain to perform under extreme stress is to repeatedly run it through rehearsals beforehand.

He trained the staff to move faster in the stairwell, lectured them about the basics of fire emergencies and taught them to always go downstairs in emergencies.

On the morning of 9/11, Rescorla heard and explosion and saw Tower 1 burning. The Port Authority urged people to stay at their desks but Rescorla began systematically ordering Morgan Stanley employees to get out and they performed beautifully.

When the second plane hit, Rescorla told everyone through the bullhorn, "Be still. Be silent. Be calm.' And no one moved. It was as though Rescorla had cast a spell.

The following is extracted from Wikipedia:

Rescorla reminded everyone to "...be proud to be an American ...everyone will be talking about you tomorrow", and sang God Bless America and other military and Cornish songs over his bullhorn to help evacuees stay calm as they left the building, including an adaptation of the song Men of Harlech:

Men of Cornwall stop your dreaming;
Can't you see their spearpoints gleaming?
See their warriors' pennants streaming
To this battlefield.
Men of Cornwall stand ye steady;
It cannot be ever said ye
for the battle were not ready;
Stand and never yield!

Rescorla had most of Morgan Stanley's 2700 employees as well as people working on other floors of WTC 2 safely out of the buildings by the time United Airlines Flight 175 hit WTC at 9:02 a.m.

After having led many of his fellow employees to safety, Rescorla returned to the building to rescue others still inside. When one of his colleagues told him he too had to evacuate the World Trade Center, Rescorla replied, "As soon as I make sure everyone else is out".

According to Stephan Newhouse, chairman of Morgan Stanley International, Rescorla was seen as high as the 72nd floor evacuating people, clearing the floors and working his way down.

TIME magazine reported that in between songs, Rescorla called his wife and told her to stop crying. He said," I have to get these people out safely. If something should happen to me, I want you to know I've never been happier. You made my life." Moments later, he had successfully evacuated the vast majority of Morgan Stanley employees. Then he turned around.

He was last seen heading up the stairs of the tenth floor. His remains were not recovered.

As a result of Rescorla's actions, only 13 of Morgan Stanley's 2700 WTC employees were killed on September 11, 2001, including Rick and three of his deputies who followed him back into the building - Wesley Mercer, Jorge Velazquez, and Godwin Forde.

He left behind a widow, Susan Rescorla, two children and three stepchildren. Rick was also survived by his mother, Ciss Rescorla, who died the following year, his uncle Trevor Rescorla, who has also since died, as well as many dear friends and family members in the United States and Hayle, Cornwall, England. A memorial stone was erected in his hometown of Hayle, Cornwall, to commemorate his life.

To me, Rick Rescorla is the epitome of one who lives for duty, honor and courage. There are certain men born in this world, and they're supposed to die setting an example for the rest of the people we're surrounded with and Rick Rescorla is certainly one who stands heads and shoulders above the rest!

Thank you Rick Rescorla for leaving behind a legacy and for saving the lives of so many people. You are an inspiration for us to give of ourselves to others.

The following song is dedicated to Rick Rescorla's family and friends...in memory of a real hero, Rick Rescorla, who stood steadfast in the line of duty even though he knew the price of that decision. May God bless his family always and also all others who have, in one way or another, been affected by this 911 tragedy.

Here's another moving video and song...


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IMF says growth will slow in coming months. Najib says Malaysia will hit 6pc growth

Posted: 10 Sep 2010 11:29 PM PDT

11 September 2010 Last updated at 01:28 GMT

IMF says growth will slow in coming months

By Iain Mackenzie BBC News, Washington
US home foreclosures There are concerns over some national economies and the the United States property market
Growth in the global economy is likely to slow towards the end of 2010, the International Monetary Fund is warning.
The IMF blames weakness in the financial sector and the crisis of confidence in some national economies.
It is calling on the most developed countries to cut their budget deficits in order to tackle the problem.
The IMF briefing note also sets out potential risk factors that could make things worse, such as a deterioration of the US property market.

Gloomy reading
This is where the global financial crisis began and the IMF warns that the supply of credit may begin to dry-up if the number of home repossessions there continues to increase.
It also raises the possibility of more problems in the sovereign debt market, similar to the crisis of confidence that left Greece requiring a 100bn euro loan earlier this year.
The IMF briefing note makes gloomy reading.
Among the recommendations made in it is a call for governments to rebalance their economies, with emerging markets, including those in Asia, encouraged to focus less on exports and more in stimulating internal demand.
Conversely, the IMF suggests that advanced economies need to increase export sales while cutting their budget deficits.

September 11, 2010
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11 — The country is poised to grow by at least six per cent this year fuelled mainly by domestic demand, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.
Najib said this in an interview with CNBC Asia's Martin Soong aired today.
He also said that the government was open to the idea of making the ringgit, which recently touched a 13-year high, tradeable offshore again. — Bernama




Ahh...looks like Malaysia is following the recommendations set out by IMF - to focus more in stimulating domestic demand. A step in the right direction, I guess. No wonder Malaysia will hit 6%!


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