Kursani Segenap Bimasakti

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Saya membeli buku ini kerana dimaklumkan ia buku sejarah. Setelah membaca, saya rasa agak kecewa kerana buku ini tidak menumpukan kepada mana-mana aspek sejarah secara khusus.

Ia adalah kisah berbagai sejarah, sebahagiannya adalah tulisan di laman Facebook penulis. Buku ini lebih kepada himpunan sejarah yang cacamerba.

Kalau anda mahu membaca sejarah dari berbagai aspek, tetapi tidak berminat untuk tahu secara terperinci, mungkin buku ini sesuai untuk anda — dapatkannya di sini. Saya rasa tak berbaloi bayar RM40 untuk buku sejarah cacamerba ini. Lebih baik baca saja tulisan-tulisan Cik Srikandi di laman Facebooknya — percuma.

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Small Great Things

This book deserves a five-star rating. It is a powerful story about an issue many choose to ignore — racism — the prejudice, the bias, the privelege.

The story is told through three narrators — Ruth Jefferson, Turk Bauer and Kennedy McQuarrie.

Ruth was an African American, who graduated from a prestigious university, and had twenty years experience as a nurse. Her mother, who worked as a maid at the home of an affluent white family, wanted her to have a better life and made sure Ruth got the best education. All her life, Ruth worked hard and tried to blend in. She wanted to be acknowledged for more than just her skin colour.

Turk and his wife, Brittany, were white supremacists. When Brittany delivered their baby, Davis, Ruth was assigned to care for Davis. Turk and Brittany were horrified that a black woman was touching their baby. Turk told Ruth’s boss in no uncertain term that he did not want any African American to be involved in the care of Davis.

When Davis suddenly stopped breathing, Ruth was part of the team that tried to resuscitate him. Davis died and the scapegoat blamed for his death was Ruth — the nurse Turk forbade from touching his baby. Turk and Brittany were determined to avenge their baby’s death, and thus, began Ruth’s nightmare.

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Berapa Usia Aisha Ketika Mengahwini Nabi Muhammad s.a.w.?

Versi Bahasa Inggeris.

Berikut dipetik daripada “Islam: Silencing the Critics” oleh Zia U. Sheikh.

Mengapa Muhammad mengahwini perempuan muda?

Ini satu lagi mitos yang disebar untuk memburukkan nama Muhammad. Ia merujuk kepada perkahwinan Nabi Muhammad dengan Aisha, isterinya yang termuda. Kenyataannya adalah seperti berikut:

  1. Aisha adalah satu-satunya isteri Nabi yang masih dara ketika berkahwin. Isteri-isterinya yang lain adalah balu dan janda. Jika beliau bernafsu kepada gadis muda, dia boleh mengahwini gadis paling muda, dan ramai yang bersedia untuk mengahwinkan anak-anak perempuan mereka dengannya. Tetapi beliau tidak berbuat begitu.
  2. Isteri pertama yang dikahwininya berusia 40 tahun dan beliau berusia 25 tahun walau pun biasanya lelaki mengahwini perempuan yang lebih muda.
  3. Beliau tidak berkahwin dengan orang lain ketika Khadija menjadi isterinya (selama 25 tahun).
  4. Kali kedua beliau berkahwin, umurnya 50 tahun dan beliau mengahwini Sada yang usianya sekitar 80 tahun.
  5. Aisha muda dan bijak dan menghafal setiap perincian mengenai apa yang nabi kata dan lakukan semasa hidup mereka bersama, terutamanya hal-hal peribadi mengenai cara hidup Nabi di rumah. Ini adalah salah satu sebab beliau mengahwini perempuan yang lebih muda — yang boleh mempelajari kehidupannya dan mengajarkannya kepada orang lain setelah beliau wafat. Itulah yang Aisha lakukan.
  6. Merujuk kepada kontroversi mengenai usia Aisha, diketahui bahawa antara perjanjian perkahwinan adalah Aisha hanya berpindah ke rumah Nabi selepas 3 tahun mereka berkahwin. Semasa tempoh itu, Aisha tinggal bersama ibu bapanya.
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At What Age Did Aisha Marry Prophet Muhammad?

Versi Bahasa Melayu.

The following is extracted from “Islam: Silencing the Critics” by Zia U. Sheikh.

Why would Muhammad marry a young girl?
This is another myth spread to give Muhammad a bad name. The reference is obviously to the Prophet Muhammad marrying Aisha, his youngest wife. The reality is as follows:

  1. She was the only one of the wives of the Prophet to be a virgin at marriage. The rest of his wives were widows and divorcees. If he was lusting after young women, he could have married the youngest women, and people would have readily given their daughters in marriage to him. But he didn’t.
  2. The first wife the prophet married was 40 years old and he was 25. Although one would usually marry someone yougner.
  3. He did not marry anyone while married to Khadija (the whole 25 years).
  4. The second time he got married, he was 50 and he married Sada who was around 80 years old.
  5. Aisha was young and bright and memorized every detail about what the prophet said and had done during their lifetime together and especially personal details about the prophet’s life style at home. This was one of the main reason he married a young person who could learn all this and teach it to everyone after hiss passing, and she did.
  6. As for the controversy surrounding her age, it is known that between the marriage contract and Aisha’s moving to the Prophet’s household, there was a 3-year gap during which she stayed with her parents.
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Surat-surat untuk Najib

Buku ini adalah himpunan surat dan cerita pendek yang ditujukan kepada mantan Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak. Surat dan kisah ditulis mengenai kehidupan rakyat marhean semasa di bawah pimpinan beliau.

Antara yang menarik adalah surat dari masa depan yang menceritakan zaman gelap yang sedang dilalui negara akibat keputusan yang dibuat DSN. Penulis dari masa depan itu merayu agar DSN mengubah gaya kepimpinannya agar harga kesilapannya tidak dibayar oleh generasi akan datang.

Meski pun DSN tidak lagi menerajui negara, buku ini masih menarik untuk dibaca. Tidak ramai yang menguasai seni sindiran halus yang menusuk kalbu.

23 Bahasa Terbesar Di Dunia

Bahasa Melayu dituturkan oleh 60.5 juta orang di 13 negara dan adalah antara 23 bahasa terbesar di dunia.

Saya rasa sangat jelak mendengar segelintir rakyat Malaysia, termasuk yg Melayu, memperlekehkan Bahasa Melayu. Sudah lebih setengah abad merdeka, tapi minda masih dijajah dan galak mengagungkan bahasa dan budaya penjajah.

Ilmu diperoleh dengan membaca. Lebih banyak bahasa yang kita kuasai, lebih banyak ilmu yang kita boleh perolehi. Tak ada masalah jika anda boleh kuasai 27 bahasa. Tapi kalau anda mahir bahasa asing lalu ada perlekeh dan tendang ke tepi bahasa ibunda, itu bahlol namanya.

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The Child Bride

14-year old Zeena told her teacher that she wanted to be placed in foster care because she was being abused at home, and insisted that she is placed with a white carer.

When she arrived at Cathy’s home, Cathy saw a sweet, pretty and scared young girl. Zeena was so vulnerable and afraid that she refused to talk about what had happened and who abused her.

Cathy knew that she had to give Zeena time and space in order to gain her trust so that Zeena would confide in her. When Zeena finally broke down and told Cathy about the abuse she had to endure, the horror was beyond her (and my) imagination.

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