Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Jamming With Ants

Foremost, no, the ants I am referring to are not Adam and The Ants, but those tiny 6legged insects which can be found in almost every corner of a house...except those houses which have been fumigated.

When I reached home late this afternoon, my nose picked up a rather disturbing smell coming from one of my neighbour's house. I quickly close my nose for apart from not liking the smell, I also think it can be harmful to one's health - my neighbour was spraying one of those canned pesticides to rid a small army of ants feasting on some organic matter. In the past, I too would have done the same but refrain from it now after learning a few things.

Ants are wonderful creatures actually. They live in colonies and each ant within the colony have specific duties of their own. Some are foragers, some soldiers, some feeders, and yet some...well, whatever. In general, some ant behaviorist have even likened them to nature's thrash collectors. No, really.

Ants and many other creatures which we normally treat as pests, are actually doing the cleaning job for us, literally carting away the litter we may have dropped, denying germs or bacterias the chance to bloom and infect humans in one way or another. OK, do so maggots. But, after reading a hadith about ants, I have tried my best not to harm any. There are however, times which I, through the involuntary movement or reaction of my hands, fail to remember the hadith as below:

Hadis riwayat Abu Hurairah ra.:
Dari Rasulullah saw. bahwa seekor seekor semut pernah menggigit salah seorang nabi. Nabi tersebut lalu memerintahkan untuk mendatangi sarang semut dan membakarnya. Tetapi kemudian Allah menurunkan wahyu kepadanya: Apakah hanya karena seekor semut menggigitmu lantas kamu membinasakan satu umat yang selalu bertasbih

Nombor hadis dalam kitab Sahih Muslim [Bahasa Arab saja]: 4157

Like earlier just now, emak and I was enjoying this bar of Hershey's which I had just bought. Off course, when one eats chocolate bars, small crumbs are bound to fall out of one's notice. One, would only become aware of it when one see a small army of ants crowding the table. First thought and reaction: Get the pesticides! But, that would only be contrary to what I'm beginning to learn; had I been more careful when eating chocolates, the ants would not have come. So, next when I do see an army of ants, I'm going to sing this song to them.

Unless, off course, they happen to be an army of African Killer Ants. Hmm...are there any such things?


mOEha Aziz said...

salam ya akhi,

very true indeed... even in surah saba' there is a clear verse on this beautiful creature...

african killer ants? they are real, is just that there have never been any records of them killing people...

they fight for food n for their own survival... :)

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

the other as i was craving for some chikadies snack when i've tucked in comfortably in bed, i went ahead and finished off a packet. well, i didnt finish all as i found out the next morning, some of it together with the crumbs were all over the bedsheet.

bob marley kata- get up, stand up. aku plak kata- tak dapek la mon. dah nak tido esok je la kemas.

jaflam said...

Hai Shah,
Thanks for the Bob Marley ... Jammin, it’s my favorite singer in the 70s then in the 80s it was Ali Reggae and the Band at Melbourne. He was the Bob Marley of Melbourne then.

About the ants you are right about them but still I have to carry out my to bimonthly pest control program otherwise they will be swarming my living. But enough of them in the garden to ensure eco system sustainability.

Ydiana said...

Hey Shah

Salam... I can imagine the ants jamming to the song, marching in twos, heads nodding, body swaying left to right, all 6 feet moving to the tune, in a mission to sweep all the chocolate crumbs from your living room. Hahaha...!

Anonymous said...

dear bro shah

Ants are great insects. There are so many things we can learn from ants. There is Quranic chapter The Ants (An-Naml).
Verse 19 says: and Sulaiman (pbuh) smiled, amused at her speech and said: “My Lord, inspire me and bestow upon me the power and ability that I may be grateful for your favors, which you have bestowed upon me and my parents, and that I may do righteous good deeds that will please you, and admit me by your mercy among your righteous slaves.”
He was talking to a female ant.
Most ants are females and males are relatively few.
Whenever I fancy eating the Mars bar, i would leave the wrapper outside the gate for the ants out there to have a big feast. :)

Kata Tak Nak said...

I wonder if the ant colony have corrupt officials, arse-groping cigar chomping ex-minister MPs, old ex-leaders who like to sulk and a king who is always sleeping. If they do, then you should spray them double dose.

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Muha,

There are Killer Ants? Gosh! Now, I must rethink about building my own ant nest.

Hmm...don't everybody? Fight for their food and survival, I mean :)

cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Wo Mon! One of the days, those little Mon will come to carry you away. Dat time, you no want to be singing no more Mon ;)

cakapaje said...

Salam Dato',

Kind of hard to figure you being a Raggae. Me, I listen to just about anything so long as I like them.

About the ants, I guess a man has to do what a man has to do :)

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam ydiana,

Hehe, now that you mentioned it, why yes, they were. Quite like a marching band, those ants were, complete with a drum major and all, lol! :)

cakapaje said...

Salam shirzad,

Most ants are females? Shoot! Kerpie and I are living in the wrong world!

I read something like what you do with those Mars wrappers. I think it was a sahabat Rasulullah s.a.w. who, in a way, fed the ants around his house. And a friend of mine would throw bits of leftovers to the ground with niat 'rezeki bumi'.

Thanks for Al-Quran verse, bro :)

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

lol! Think I have to disappoint you, they only have a queen...but think you know that already ;)