|Replication of Prophet Muhammad's صل اللة علية وسيلم House|
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 10:43 PM
"The picture shows a replication of Prophet Muhammad's صل اللة علية وسيلم House. The model of the house was built to give people a glimpse of the way the Prophet صل اللة علية وسيلم lived. This house is just a part of a bigger exhibition of the life of the prophet (peace be upon him). The house was reproduced based on authentic narrations that describe the Prophet's صل اللة علية وسيلم house. The Exhibition is held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia" — with Syd Hsbzddn, Umme Kawsar, Muhajir Ibn Sultan and Hussin Rohani.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 2:50 PM
Celebrated with enthusiasm across Sarawak both in cities and rural villages, Gawai Dayak is a multi-day festival to honor the indigenous people. Gawai Dayak translates to "Dayak Day"; the Dayak people include the Iban, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit and Murut tribes which once roamed Sarawak and relieved unsuspecting traders of their heads.
Although steeped in headhunting traditions of the past, the only head removed these days during Gawai Dayak belongs to a chicken sacrificed to honor a successful rice harvest.
More than just a touristy demonstration of indigenous culture for tourists, Gawai Dayak is celebrated with genuine joy and enthusiasm. Weddings take place, singing and toasts fill the air, and families are reunited with one another after being separated all year.
The History of Gawai Dayak
The traditions celebrated during Gawai Dayak are ancient, but the holiday is not. The firstGawai Dayak festival took place in 1965 after several years of renewed cultural pride within the oppressed Dayak community. When first asked to create a public holiday in celebration of the Dayak people in Sarawak, the colonial government refused; they were afraid that other minority groups would make similar demands. Instead, the government declared June 1 as "Sarawak Day". Eventually, once Sarawak was awarded independence, the holiday was officially changed to Gawai Dayak.
The Traditional Gawai Dayak Ceremony
Unless advertised otherwise, the opening ceremonies for Gawai Dayak in villages are typically closed to tourists. The festival begins on the evening of May 31 with traditional music andMuai Antu Rua - a ritual aimed at keeping the spirit of greed from ruining the celebration. During Muai Antu Rua two men drag a basket along the longhouse; families in each room throw clothing and household items into the basket. The basket is later dumped on the ground as a "sacrifice" to prevent interference from evil spirits.
At sundown, the festival chief sacrifices a chicken to show thanks for a good harvest and to ask the same for next year's rice harvest. Dinner - usually accompanied by bamboo-steamed rice and sweet cakes made from coconut milk - is served after the sacrifice. Just before midnight a procession known as the Ngalu Petara passes by seven times to welcome the friendly spirit gods to the festival. At midnight, the festival chief holds a toast with tuak - locally-brewed rice wine - for long life. The festival turns into an informal free-for-all following the toast with dancing, singing, and drinking.
What to Expect During Gawai Dayak
Once the previous night's formal ceremonies finish, tourists are invited to visit on June 1. Activities differ between longhouses; some allow tourists to shoot traditional blowpipe gunsor to watch cockfights. No matter the locale, visitors are always greeted with a shot of strong rice wine; drink up or find a place to hide it - refusing is impolite!
Iban and Dayak homes are opened during Gawai Dayak, allowing visitors a glimpse of daily life. Tourists are invited to wear colorful costumes for photos, participate in traditional dances, and sample delicious cakes and treats.
Witnessing the Gawai Dayak Festival
Although celebrated all over Sarawak in Borneo, your best bet for seeing Gawai Dayak festivities is near the capital of Kuching. The Sarawak Cultural Village - the same venue used annually for the Rainforest Music Festival - is a popular and convenient place for tourists to learn more about indigenous culture. Kuching typically holds a celebration on May 31 at the Civic Centre which includes dinner, dancing, and even a beauty pageant.
Do not expect to arrive on May 31 to join the Gawai Dayak celebration; Kuching is busier than ever with parades and demonstrations along the waterfront that begin a week prior to Gawai Dayak.
Another option for the more adventurous is to make your way up the river from Sibu to the small village of Kapit and arrange for a visit to a local family's traditional longhouse.
There is a push within the Dayak community to unify the celebration, however for now Gawai Dayak remains mostly incongruous with each longhouse holding separate events and itineraries. Do not expect any less from the festival - as many as 30 families can occupy a single longhouse!
· Read more about getting around Sarawak.
Gawai Dayak in Modern Times
Forget the romantic stereotypes - not all of Sarawak's indigenous people still live in longhouses or choose to don a traditional costume during Gawai Dayak. Many Dayak people have moved from their rural homes into the cities in search of work. Urban Dayak communities may choose to celebrate their holiday simply by taking time off work - a rare occasion - to visit family outside of the city. Christian Dayaks often attend mass at a church and then celebrate with dinner in a restaurant.
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Monday, November 18, 2013
Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 3:57 PM
Terengganu International Islamic Arts Festival 2013 (TIIAF) is a 4 day festival initiated by Taman Tamadun Islam Terengganu, Malaysia with the sole purpose of promoting Islamic Arts. It is an extention of ‘Inspirasi Seni Khat’ 2011 and TIIAF 2012 which was previously organized and received overwhelming responds from local and abroad.
The TIIAF 2013, with the theme of ‘devotion to Islamic arts…” held on 15 to 17 November 2013 was the venue where values of Islamic calligraphy and its applications were promoted at the highest level. Apart from seminars, workshops and competitions, conducted by world renowned calligraphers, the festival also features experimental khat-batik design demonstrations, Islamic Musical shows and exposition of various Islamic Arts product.
TIIAF 2013 featured the calligraphy competition at national and international level participated by the experienced calligraphers from within the country and abroad. The festival will also featured the seminar and workshop conducted by the world renowned calligraphers.
Batikhat competition and Islamic musical performance conducted showed the varieties of calligraphy based product and it will have its own uniqueness as compare to the previous edition.
Members of Jury
Mr Hassan Chelebi, Master of Calligraphy (Head of Jury), Turkey
Mr Dawood Bektash, Expert of Calligraphy, Turkey
Mr Adnan Sheikh Osman, Lecturer of Calligraphy, Syria
Mr Ziyad Al-Muhandis, Expert of Calligraphy, Iraq
Mr Efdaluddin Kilik, Expert of Calligraphy, Turkey
Mr Ferhad Kurlu, Expert of Calligraphy, Turkey
Mr Mumtaz Durdu, Expert of Calligraphy, Turkey
Mr Shreen Abd El Saber, Expert of Calligraphy, Egypt
Monday, November 11, 2013
Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 10:58 AM
In the year 630 CE, Prophet Muhammad سصلى الله عليه وسلم gained victory over the Meccan chiefs and entered Mecca peacefully. He returned home not to live there for the rest of his life but to clear paganism and liberate or restore the original purpose of Kaaba established by Prophet Abraham. He removed all idols from around the Kaaba and asked his companion Bilal to climb on top of Kaaba and call :
الله أكبر,الله أكبر Allah is Greatest, Allah is Greatest
أشهد أن لا اله إلا الله , I witness that there is no deity but Allah
أشهد أن محمدا رسول الله , I witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah
Prophet Muhammad سصلى الله عليه وسلم wanted the key for the door of Kaaba, so he called Othman bin Talha ( of Bani Shayba family) who was the keeper of the Kaaba key. It is important to know that there was a treaty before Islam in which the honor of being the custodian or a warden of Kaaba was given to the family of Bani Shayba. This honor and responsibility was passed from the grandfathers to sons in the same family until it reached Othman bin Talha.
At that moment many people asked Prophet Muhammad سصلى الله عليه وسلم to grant them the honor of keeping the key of Kaaba and thousands of Muslims were looking at Prophet Muhammad سصلى الله عليه وسلم to see who would be the new custodian of the Kaaba key.
Breaking a moment of silence, Prophet Muhammad سصلى الله عليه وسلم opened the door of Kaaba and cleared it of idols. He looked at Othman bin Talha and said to him (respecting previous agreements):
Today is a day of loyalty and piety! Take the key back.
As from now until the Day of Judgment,
no one can take it from you (family of Bani Shayba)
unless he was an aggressor.
You may be surprised to know that the key is still being held by the offspring of Bani Shayba family until now. More than 1400 years passed and the key is still given from one generation of Bani Shayba family to the next generation. Until now no one dares to take it from them otherwise he or she would be considered as an “aggressor” according to Prophet Muhammad سصلى الله عليه وسلم description.
Nowadays, when the Saudi authorities perform their annual cleaning and preparation of Kaaba for the annual pilgrimage, they contact a person from Bani Shayba family (who is currently a Saudi family) to open the Kaaba door for them.
A 12 century key to the Kaaba, has sold for 9.2 million pounds (18.2 million dollars), setting a new record for an Islamic work of art at auction.
The Abbasid period key, made of iron and measuring 37 cm long, sold at Sotheby's in London for more than 18 times its pre-sale estimate and was bought anonymously. It is the only known example to remain in private hands.
The key, one of the ultimate symbols of religious power, is engraved with the words: "This is what was made for the Holy House of God during the time of our lord the Imam son of Imam al-Muqtadi Abu Jaafar al-Mustansir Abu al-Abbas 573."
In addition to the key sold at Sotheby's, there are 58 recorded Kaaba keys, all held in museums.
Most, 54, are in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, two are in the Nuhad Es-Said Collection, one is in the Louvre in Paris and one is in the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 9:31 AM
Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah (Malay : Langkawi Permata Kedah) is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Langkawi Island is a duty-free island.
During the school holidays, my family, four of us went for a 5 days tour to Langkawi Island. It was of exciting experiences for my son and grandson to explore the island. My son decided to stay at traditional Tok Senik Village Resort, 10km from Kuah Town and the ferry terminal. Since we were from the east coast, Terengganu, the beaches are common to us. Tok Senik Village Resort provide reasonable rate and basic facilities, serene spacious location surrounded by fruit orchards and forested landscape and away from town atmosphere. Lots of tourism spots to choose, the duty free shopping malls, sea activities, ancient tomb of legendary Mahsuri, the Undersea Ocean World, island hopping and exploring.
|Tok Senik Village Resort|
Our first mission to take a trip up to the cool Machincang mountain via the cable car system . The Base Station is conveniently located on foothill of the Machincang mountain. The ride will be an exhilarating experience for everyone to enjoy. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of the flora and fauna that surrounds the area. My soul was down on the way up and down at the highest climb, but the family were enjoying the exciting trip.
An intermediate cable car station on the eastern ridges provides the much desired access to the eastern cliffs with its 3 vertical chimneys and the beautiful 360-degree views. For the first time, visitors would be able to observe at close range the unique geological formations of the Machincang range, which was formed around 450 million years ago.
The journey from the Base Station to Middle Station will cover 1,700 meters in distance and upon reaching the Middle Station at an elevation of 650m above sea level, visitors will be able to alight and walk up to the viewing platforms. Visitors will enjoy panoramic view of the main island as well as the many surrounding islands. They will also be able to observe at close range the unique flora on the ridges and the forested valley between the Middle Station and the Top Station.
A short walk up the stairs from the Top Station will take visitors to the two viewing platforms at the top of Machincang mountain. Visitors will be amazed at the unfolding dramatic views from the platforms, the many unique and exciting features of Machincang, are dominating rock tower peaks providing spectacular 360 degrees panoramic views of the Langkawi islands and Southern Thailand as well as dramatic views of the deep chasms, overhangs cliff walls, isolated pinnacles and some caves. Such nature monuments are seldom seen anywhere else in this combination except in Langkawi.
The overruling height of Machincang mountain, its commanding views over Langkawi, the western sea coast, and the dramatic views over the funnel with its staggered rock blocks will make the visitors wonder in amazement and bring the visitors so close to nature that they can practically touch it.
Completed in 2004, this suspended bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain. Accessible from the Top Station, the bridge is suspended from a 82m high single pylon and hangs at about 100m above ground. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views. Notably, in contrast to a straight bridge, where the end is always monotonously in sight, a curved bridge offers spectacularly changing perspective that reinvent themselves, as one proceeds along it.
This SkyPos post box located 708 meters above sea level is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The postcards sent home from here by visitors and tourists will undoubtedly not only promote Panorama Langkawi's attractions such as the SkyCab and SkyBridge it will also promote Langkawi and Malaysia as a whole to local and foreign recipients of this post.