Sunday, July 27, 2014

My FIFA World Cup prediction.. the conclusion

On the last 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2014
1 out of 3 South American teams are still in (Arg)
1 out of 5 European teams is still in (Ger)

The champions is Germany! Which is still in my prediction list when the WC2014 started!

After Germany beat Brasil; my heart strongly feel that Germany will be Champions!

Congratulations to Germany. They are a wonderful team. That should be the way if a country wants to be World Champions.

The two substitutes combined well to create and score the goal in extra time.

I thoroughly enjoy the tournament. Football is the outright winner.

Until 2018 in Russia.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My FIFA World Cup predictions... until last 8 and last 4

On the last 8 of the FIFA World Cup 2014

2 out of 3 South American teams are still in (Bra, Arg)
1 out of 5 European teams is still in (Ger)
No more African teams.

On the last 4 of the FIFA World Cup 2014
 2 out of 3 South American teams are still in (Bra, Arg)
1 out of 5 European teams is still in (Ger)

So my prediction still stands.

Whatever happens, happens......

Be Confident and stay humble

I want to differentiate between being arrogance and confidence.

Arrogance, is where you
1. are impressed with yourself
2. think you are better than others

Confidence, does not have the two above traits, but have all the attributes of arrogance.

It is a very thin line between the two, and Quran teaches us about these 2 traits.

In surah Yusof:55; He (Yusof) said "Appoint me over the treasures of the land, surely I am watchful, knowing"

In surah Yusof:56; And thus did We give power to Yusof in the land. He established himself wherever he liked. We caused Our mercy to reach whom We will. And We waste not the reward of the doers of good. 

If you are good in a certain field, it is okay to promote yourself and volunteer to hold a certain key post. But, remember NOT to have to be IMPRESSED with yourself and DO NOT think that you are better than others and belittle them.

May this be a lesson to all, and may Allah grant us confidence and stay humble.

After all, we are all slaves of Allah

Some positive things to do... you will attain peace

HATE NO ONE, no matter how much they have wronged you

FORGIVE people who have wronged you

Live HUMBLY, no matter how wealthy you are

Think POSITIVELY, no matter how hard life is

GIVE, eventhough you have little

Keep in TOUCH, with people you know, eventhough they do not call or visit you

Make DOA for the people you love, eventhough they do not remember you

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My prediction so far.... FIFA World Cup 2014

FIFA 2014 after the group matches:-
Group A Mexico replaces Croatia (Bra,Mex)
Group B Chile replaces Spain (Ned,Chi)
Group C No surprises (Col,Gre)
Group D England & Italy out (CRC, Uru)
Group E No surprises (Fra,Sws)
Group F Nigeria replaces Bosnia (Arg, Nig)
Group G US replaces Portugal (Ger,USA)
Group H No surpises (Bel,Alg)

My prediction so far:-
3 out of 3 South American past winners are still in (Bra,Arg,Uru)
2 out of 5 European team are still in (Ger,Fra)
African team will do well. 2 out of 5 are still in (Nig, Alg)

4 teams have maximum points (Ned,Col,Arg,Bel)
4 teams have minimum points (Gre,Nig,USA,Alg)

Surprise team is Costa Rica. Most impressive team is to me Columbia
Let us continue....

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Surah Al-Adiyat (100th Surah)

Another awesome surah that I wanted to share is Surah Adiyat (100th Surah).

The first 5 of out 11 ayat is about a story.

A story of a fast galloping horse which was breathing as it was moving very fast. It was so fast that sparks came out from it's feet. It was on the way to attack something in the morning. You know when you are attacking in the morning it is like you are in a mission impossible as people usually attack at night. And debris came from the horse giving a signal that is it fast approaching. And this super fast horse came straight in the middle of the enermy line.

Wow! What a sight. This is a story of a very fast horse approaching it's enermy, not even slowing down as it approached it's enermy and went straight in, kind of like a Japanese kamikaze warplane. This horse knew that it was going to die, but it did just what the Master asked him to do...

This is Allah's oath. The first 5 ayats are Allah's oath. But the main subject is in the 6th ayat.

"Most truly, man is not grateful to his Master". This is what Allah is emphasizing.

Man is not like the horse in this Surah's story. The horse was sacrificing everything for it's master. But the way this ayat was structured, was to get the attention of the pagan Arabs (kind of like an action movie) before the subject is being delivered.

After getting the attention and the rhymes, the real message was revealed.

Yes, mankind are ungrateful to their Master. This is the message of the Surah - Ungrateful to the Master. After what the Master has done to the slaves, the slaves are ungrateful to the Master.

If we just read the English translation, we will not get the true deep understanding of this ayat. We will not be able to appreciate the beautiful liguistic structure of the Quran.

You have to learn Arabic. And you must also learn the old Arabic history in order to REALLY2 appreciate this ayat.

May Allah grant us the deep understanding of Quran and may we really belong to the people of taqwa.

ps. There is another lesson learnt from this Surah. When we want to present something effectively, start with a "good" story to get the audience attention. Then deliver the message... POWERFUL technique. But remember to consider who is the audience and their level of understanding when relating the "good story".

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ramadan 1435H

Ramadan is coming again.

This is a month long practicl course is to train us and elleviate our level of taqwa.

I hope that everyone is ready for Ramadan. Special mention to my friends in Norway. They will have to fast for 18 hours daily because this Ramadan falls on a summer. It is not only abstain from eat and drink, it is also to check on our good deeds and minimise our bad deeds.

May Allah give you strength to fullfil your obligation to Allah.

One word of advice, try doing things that you can continue doing after Ramadan. And do it FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH