Monday, May 28, 2012

Dialog hari ini..

Pelajar baru: Encik, saya nak mohon tukar kursus.
Saya: Dari kursus apa nak ke kursus apa?
Pelajar baru: Business Studies nak ke Pengajian Islam Dakwah.
Saya: Kenapa?
Pelajar baru: Saya suka bidang agama.
Saya: Business bukan bidang agama?
Pelajar baru: (diam)
Saya: Seorang businessman tak boleh berdakwah?
Pelajar baru: (diam lagi)
Saya: Dakwah hanya boleh dibuat oleh orang berlatarbelakang Islam?
Pelajar baru: (diam lagi..)
Saya: Graduan bidang Dakwah yang bekerja jadi cikgu, kenapa tak jadi pendakwah?
Pelajar baru: (diam lagi)
Saya: Baik terus terang, kenapa awak nak pindah ke Jabatan Dakwah?
Pelajar baru: Err.. ayah saya suruh.

Borang terus ditandatangan tanda perpindahan dipersetujui..


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Review: CELESTIAL SEASON "CHROME" CD 1998

Celestial Season
Chrome CD 1998
HKM Records

Groovy stoner metal, at least from what I can conclude from their 1998's fourth album. A cult, hard-to-find status this album is, and luckily the price was not too high for me to get this CD and to complete their album discography. Those who followed their track will recognize 1995's EP "Sonic Orb" as their milestone towards a new direction from ordinary Dutch doom/death genre to a more mind-seducing stoner rock/metal.

I would say that "Chrome" has more atmospheric, more rocking side of stoner and more groove compared to its predecessor "Orange" in 1997. Tunes like "Stardust", "Who Sent the Workers Back Underground" and "21:20 Desire", on the other hand, have more heavy sounds like Soundgarden, Black Sabbath, Kyuss kind of thing.

Celestial Season, yet to achieve its success in the metal scene, although its 1993 "Forever Scarlet Passion" debut does have high value, but it doesn't contribute to its stardom. With early retirement in doom/death genre, Celestial Season perhaps had made mistakes by converting into their current sounds since "Sonic Orb". I guess their split-up in 1991 contributed to either good or bad side. The good thing was that their materials were quickly recognized as "rare", but the bad thing is that they do not last longer for a fan (like me) to appreciate their music. Anathema did constantly releasing albums with their atmospheric sounds.

Perhaps with their reunion in 2011, they can get something and some more to offer.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Bulan ini bulan Rejab..



Bulan Rejab tiba, hari ini 4 Rejab, saya mengikuti tazkirah pagi Jumaat tadi. Rupanya banyak hadis palsu yang dikaitkan dengan bulan Rejab. Ini di antaranya buat renungan kita semua.. Wallahua'lam..

"Rejab adalah bulan Allah, Syaaban adalah bulanku, dan Ramadhan adalah bulan umatku"

"Kelebihan bulan Rejab atas bulan-bulan yang lain umpama kelebihan Al-Quran atas zikir-zikir yang lain"

"Rejab adalah bulan Allah, sesiapa yang berpuasa satu hari dalam bulan Rejab dalam keadaan iman dan kesungguhan, maka dia wajib mendapat keredhaan Allah yang terbesar"

Sesiapa yang berpuasa 3 hari dalam bulan Rejab, Allah akan memberikannya pahala sebulan berpuasa, dan sesiapa yang berpuasa 7 hari maka akan ditutup daripadanya 7 pintu neraka”.

Sesiapa yang solat Maghrib pada malam pertama bulan Rejab, kemudian dia solat 20 rakaat, setiap rakaat dibaca Surah Al-Fatihah dan Surah Al-Ikhlas sekali dengan 10 kali salam, kamu tahu tak apakah ganjarannya? Allah akan memelihara dirinya, keluarganya, hartanya, anaknya, dilepaskan dari azab kubur, melintasi jambatan Sirat seperti kilat tanpa disiksa”.
Sesiapa yang berpuasa Rejab dan solat 4 rakaat, dia tidak akan mati kecuali nampak tempatnya di dalam syurga atau diperlihatkan kepadanya”.

Sesiapa yang solat pada malam pertengahan bulan Rejab sebanyak 14 rakaat, setiap rakaat dibaca Surah Al-Fatihah sekali dan Surah Al-Ikhlas 20 kali…..”.

Sesungguhnya bulan Rejab adalah bulan yang agong, sesiapa yang berpuasa satu hari dalamnya, Allah akan memberikan pahala puasa 1000 tahun”.

Aku diutuskan sebagai Nabi pada 27 Rejab…..”.

Sesiapa yang solat pada malam 27 Rejab sebanyak 12 rakaat…..”.
Berkata Dr Yusof Al-Qardhawi, Tidak ada satu pun Hadis Sahih tentang bulan Rejab, melainkan ia merupakan salah satu dari bulan-bulan yang diharamkan berperang, sepertimana yang telah disebutkan oleh Allah SWT dalam kitab-Nya: “di antaranya empat bulan yang dihormati” (Surah At-Taubah: 36) iaitu bulan Rejab, Zulkaedah, Zulhijjah dan Muharram, yang terdapat dalamnya beberapa kelebihan.

Dan tiada satupun Hadis Sahih yang menceritakan tentang kelebihan khusus bulan Rejab, melainkan sebuah Hadis Hasan (Baik) iaitu: “Bahawasanya Nabi SAW paling banyak berpuasa (sunat) dalam bulan Syaaban. Apabila ditanyakan kepada baginda tentang itu, maka baginda pun menjawab: Orang biasa melupakan bulan itu (Syaaban) yang berada di antara bulan Rejab dan Ramadhan”. Maka, dapat difahami dari hadis ini bahawa bulan Rejab juga terdapat kelebihan. (Direkodkan oleh Imam Ahmad dan An-Nasai

Saya baru tahu...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Lebih sebulan lalu..

I guess it is over a month since my proper postings. Proper in the sense of "constantly willing to write", most probably because overwhelming planning and implementing the "job requirements" right after term-break.

Some things went on descending chronological order:

An invitation to play gig with VISITANT. I have never involved in a band, this is the first one in order to help uplifting Kuantan scene, and guess what, we did release something! And when the invitation came, I guess I had to make the most critical decision, that is either YES or NO.



Preparing for new intakes next week. We are always lacking in promotion/marketing. So I thought I might be pioneering this old-school fashioned of promoting professional course offered in Kipsas. Alhamdulillah, the response was good.

CAT Preview, held at Zenith Hotel on 12th May, the first ever KIPSAS program to have a preview exclusively in a 5-star rating hotel.

The team..
There are yet some issues here and there but the situation is not conducive enough for me to write (it is now Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna shown in TV2, and yeah, it kills my "rock forever" soul).

Not to forget, SELAMAT HARI GURU for all teachers, headmasters, lecturers, administrators, and who ever's job involved developing students. May our nation becomes prosperous with your touches. Stay ikhlas!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Review: LEMMING PROJECT "HATE AND DESPISE" CD 1992

Lemming Project
Hate And Despise CD 1992
Century Media Records



When their 1991's "Extinction" came out in Malaysian local market, I wonder what their music really is. After seeing their band members in a magazine, I thought this might be some glam rock band, but the mind was battling against it due to the record label, CM Records, which, around that time, became housing for death metal bands. It was few years later that I bought their tape and discover that they played death metal.

Having a CD version in the new millennium is not really a mind-blowing experience since you can easily get it with a low price in ebay. Nevertheless, it is actually a great flashback to my nostalgic moments of buying the old death metal on tapes.

Lemming Project is death metal, no doubt. The great reminiscence of the old good times. Although appeared in the musical platform that gained additional interest today, Lemming Project is somewhat underrated. For me, their music is much more listenable to those old 90s death metal bands (I cannot stand Morgoth, and I've never even liked Obituary).

But the music lives on, sadly without Lemming Project appeared in any references.