Tuesday, 28 October 2014

I remember You

I am miles away, away from sense,
I am a falling bridge a collapsing fence,
My muscles feel tense,
Especially when I remember you,
But still commit the sins I threw,
You are watching me and I knew,
My precious acts are few,
Nothing much than its due,Whenever I remember you,
I weep the nearer I drew,
Fear gropes my heart-pump and chew,
Without a helper I still call upon whom I knew,
My Lord forgive the sins I blew,
One last glimmer of hope grew,
I remember you,
And tears rush down a little queue.

O’ God replenish my heart,
It feels like art,
This night I stand tall,
And for You I do this all,
I don’t know where my fate befall,
Forgive me,
This my only plea,
Before I am summoned at the cemetery,
The grave, my home to be

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Indonesian Boy Suffering from CP Memorizes Entire Quran

Indonesian Boy Suffering from CP Memorizes Entire Quran

  • News Code : 635483
  • Source : aquila-style
Although unclear, his voice is confident when answering questions about Quranic verses.
Although unclear, his voice is confident when answering questions about Quranic verses.
He may not be able to read Arabic, but he can recite the Quran.
The extraordinary little guy is Fajar Abdurokhim Wahyudiono, 10. What makes him so special is that he has memorized the entire Quran, despite the difficulties he faces.
Fajar suffers from spastic cerebral palsy (CP), a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions, such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking.
Fajar loves the challenge of completing or looking for a specific verse. Not so much with reciting,” said his mother Heny Sulistiowati, 35, at their house in Karanganyar, Central Java, Indonesia.
His ability to memorize the Quran was in part thanks to Heny and husband, Joko Wahyudiono, who believe that the Quran is the cure for all ailments. When their son was born prematurely on October 2, 2003, they regularly played him recordings of the Quran.
Because of his low birth weight of only 1.6 kilos, Fajar had to remain in intensive care. When they came to bring him breastmilk, Heny and Joko also brought along a recording for the nurse to play.
I told the nurse to play the cassette once in a while for my child. At that time, the NICU usually played music.”
Playing recordings of the Quran continued after Fajar was brought home. Heny and Joko were very selective as to what he was allowed to listen. It’s also why they decided not to have a TV and or listen to music at home.
A child has to listen to good things. Everything from the Quran is good, so that’s the best thing,” Heni said.
Up until he was two months old, Fajar was just like other babies. It was only when he turned three months that Heny realized there was something different about him: his development was slow. After consulting a pediatrician, they discovered that Fajar had CP. The doctor said it could have been caused by his premature delivery, as parts of his brain had not fully developed.
Together with physical therapy, Heny continued with the cassette recordings. At age three, when Fajar showed interest in images, Heny bought an interactive CD of the Quran. And that was how he learned the Arabic alphabet.
He first spoke around the age of three, and the first thing out of his mouth were snippets of Quranic verses. At first, his parents could only make out the end of the verse Fajar was trying to recite. Later, they could hear the beginning and the end, and finally they could make out the complete verse.
When he was almost four years old, he had memorized the Quran. Then, he began to ask his mother to find a verse for him. Not a hafiz herself, Heny was overwhelmed and found for him a female Quran teacher. “Six months into it, the teacher said that Fajar had memorized 80-90 percent of the Quran, although not in order,” she said.
He changed teachers twice and in December 2012, at the age of nine Fajar had finally memorized the entire Quran – sequentially.
What’s more, the regular listening to the Quran seems to be improving his condition, according to Heny. A brain test at age three showed that his brain was experiencing seizures. Recent tests showed that these had vanished. A MRI test revealed empty spaces in Fajar’s brain, which usually indicates hydrocephalus, a condition where the brain swells from excessive fluid. However, Fajar does not have this condition. Today he even goes to public school, while his motor and cognitive skills are improving.
This is the miracle of the Quran, it wakes sleeping brain cells. Alhamdulillah, Fajar is experiencing the blessing of the Quran,” said Heny.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Myanmar, Sri Lanka Buddhist hard-liners join hands

Myanmar, Sri Lanka Buddhist hard-liners join hands

Last updated: Monday, September 29, 2014 11:40 PM
Monks from Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force, BBS) listen to a speech by Ashin Wirathu at a BBS convention in Colombo on Sunday. — Reuters

COLOMBO — A hard-line Buddhist monk from Myanmar known for his anti-Muslim stance said his movement would join hands with a like-minded Sri Lankan group to “protect” Buddhists, whom he called an endangered world minority.

Ashin Wirathu, leader of 969, a fundamentalist movement, was a special invitee o. Sunday at a rally of Bodu Bala Sena, or Buddhist Power Force, a Sri Lankan group accused of instigating deadly violence against the country’s minority Muslims in June. Joining 969 could further boost an already soaring support base for Bodu Bala Sena, an ultranationalist group that has enlisted thousands of youth and Buddhist monks in just two years of existence. This, in turn, could exacerbate mistrust and tensions between Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhalese-Buddhists and its Muslims.

Politically, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s credibility among Muslims stands to erode further after his government allowed Wirathu to visit Sri Lanka despite opposition from Muslim groups, including his own allies.

Rajapaksa is already under criticism for not taking action against Buddhist monks whose inflammatory speeches are blamed for anti-Muslim violence in June that killed two people and wounded dozens, and saw many shops and homes set on fire in three western towns.

“Buddhists are a world minority. If we don’t protect this small group, remember, it will be the end of the Buddhists,” Wirathu said. Sri Lankan Muslim groups urged the government not to allow Wirathu to visit the country, warning it could lead to religious tensions. However, in his speech, Wirathu thanked Rajapaksa for granting him a visa despite “attempts of sabotage by extremists.” — AP