Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Heavenly Connection (New Postings Below)

The Net's connection is at it again. Just like in the recent past, it can sometime get to near impossible just to get to the inbox of one's mail. Like this past 10 minutes or so, each time I click the inbox, it would take up to more than 10 seconds to open, only to be met with 'Sorry, you have just encountered a problem with your mailbox', or 'The connection time is out. There could be an error at the server'. After many repeated tries, I felt like smashing the screen but stop short remembering that it is not the screen's nor the PC's fault, its the connection. But whether it is the Service Provider, or the international line that's causing the problem, no one can say for sure save for the tehnical people. And they, can be as elusive as the Yeti or even Nessie. Makes one wonder though, if they truly exist. Well, at least here in Malaysia. I guess I am like many Malaysian in wishing for a connection which we can truly say to be heavenly. But I guess there's no such thing here on Earth...or perhaps just this country.

On History Channel late Thursday evening, they showcased some of Greek's famed historical figures including those of Alexander as well as Ptolemy. Though I was never into history whilst in school, I find myself drawn to it with each passing day since, and have always wondered what or how it was like in the past especially on the first meet of 2 civilisations. For instance, what exactly took place and on the minds of the people like Hernan Cortez and the South American indigeneous people like the Aztecs, and later the Incas.

As horses was introduced to South America by the Spaniards, I read that the Aztecs came to nearly worshipping people like Cortez simply because they saw him riding on one and thought he was a god (they thought Cortez and the horse was a single heavenly being). When he dismounted, it shocked them even more to note that the two are mere creatures of this planet.

But it must have been exciting then - for both civilisations - to meet for the first time, the horrifying historic details aside; while one had loot and plunder in mind, the other was shaken to the core of their belief. Time and again I have to remind myself that the these South American people, were at the peak of their civilisation and feeling all high and mighty, only to be met with another from a land far away and arguably, one on a higher plateu. The carnage brought by the Spaniards, proved to be disastrous for the Aztecs, Maya and Incas. To this day, their descendants have not been able to rise again while many have lost their roots. The only physical remembrance of their civilisation lay in the ruins of their cities deep in the jungles, where once stood cities literally brimming with gold (gold was of meaningless value to them and functioned only as decorative ornaments for buildings which include doors made from it).

Or maybe, closer to home. If I could, I would surely would like to witness the rise of the Royal Courts in Melaka, Betawi, Kelantan, Mataram and many others, or to meet figures who are legendary and historical. Or, how was it like when Admiral Cheng Ho first came to Melaka. Undoubtedly, there were already Chinese and Indians in the city, but it does interest me on how they communicated with each other on their first meet. There are, so many interesting things of the past which I would dearly love to be a witness to, that I dream should I be accepted into Allah's Heaven, I would like the history of human beginning from the Prophet Adam a.s., right to the last man alive, to be staged for me. Perhaps it would quite like the Simulation Deck of The Enterprise in Star Trek: Generations. That certainly would be a wish come true. But alas, it remains a dream. And that too, should I be accepted into Heaven.

For now, I have come to reasoning and face the fact that with the limitations I have (as each of us do), it would be more practical for me to instead offer wishes to all my friends and visitors to this humble blog. Though it may be somewhat early, it is from my heart and with all sincerity.


Allah's Blessings On You..., Online Eid Mubarak Egreetings

Memohon maaf kepada semua
di atas kesilapan dan salahkata yang pasti ada
kerana sesungguhnya kita ini hamba kepada Nya
Yang Maha Mengasihi dan Maha Berkuasa

Selamat Menyambut Aidil Fitri yang mulia.

Shahrir,
tapi kali ini bukan cakap saja.



p.s. Hmm...perhaps tomorrow, I can begin again with my heavenly wish? :)

p.s. p.s. 123greetings had this lovely picture above and named 'Colours of Islam'. I think it is beautiful as it showed people of different races and skin colour under a single banner. For truly, as a Muslim I believe, we are all brothers and sisters within the human race. And none is better than the other except for he/she of taqwa. Unfortunately, I could not find the card.

22 comments:

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

“I hope that people will finally come to realize that there is only one 'race' - the human race - and that we are all members of it.”

incidentally i came across this quote which i cant remember by whom. i am so with you on this. it shows the true meaning of Islam, tolerance and understanding in the name of humanity. not that i'm preaching but Islam has never taught me to hate.

maybe its still wee bit too early to wish you too, but here goes anyway, selamat menyambut Aidilfitri, ikhlas dan maaf dipinta jika ada terkasar bahasa all this while. 0-0.

alinaabdullah said...

salam shah. selmat hari raya juga. dan maaf zahir batin kalau ada yang terkasar bahasa dsbnya. saa juga kadangkadang selalu ingin nak pergi ke zaman lampau. nak tengok macamna derang buat piramid. nak tengok masa derang bina tj mahal. nak mengucap dpn rasul. and even, nak rasa macamana hidup mak ayah zaman 70 an dulu. hippy! hehe. mungkin nanti akan terjumpa kapsul masa kat mana mana. :)

cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Funny. That quote do look familiar to me too. Hmm...JFK? Martin Luther King? But for certain, it could not have been any of the Sarkas people, especially that bukit bendera clown.

Er, bro...mana leh jilo-jilo? You till owe me 2 mugs of teh tarik! lol!

Jilo-jilo :)

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Alina,

Wah! Kalau camtu, leh le kita tempah tempat duduk bersama kat Stargate SG1! :)

jaflam said...

Salam Shah,

The way to heaven is so clear but then being human we are never clear with what we really want. We human always full of tricks among ourselves and even thought we could trick God heheee.... poor soul.

I wish you heavenly journey and when you get there all your wish will come true.... and yes send my regards to the virgin maidens that entertaining you.

Selamat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri
Maaf zahir Batin.

Semoga Tuan mendapat Rahmat, Keammpunan dan dijauhi daripada Api Neraka DiRamadhan yang penuh keberkatan yang hampir kepada penghujungnya.

cakapaje said...

Salam Jaflam,

Hehe...insyAllah, each of us will have Houris(bidadari) awaiting :) Even the ladies.

Sesama kita mendo'akan yang terbaik untuk saudara mara dan sahabat handai. Semoga kita diberkati dan dilindungi oleh Nya, Yang Maha Esa.

alinaabdullah said...

aha.. sori slah taip. yang depannya 01269 tukar kepada 01268. :) selamat beraya.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Stargate? Could you drop me at hedonistic Rome? Please.

Eskapisminda said...

Salam Cakapaje, Selamat Hari Raya and maaf zahir batin though we have never met in zahir yet.

I echo u on the one race. The human race. However my dream of heaven is none with multiple houris or abundance of food and drinks. I don't know if I can wish for my own version of heaven but I really hope I can. Wallahualam...

cakapaje said...

Alina,

Hehe...padanle sampai la ni takdak konformasi :)

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

Ssshhh...that, is one of my priority stopover! When the time to go, I'll inform you in advance :)

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam Intan,

Welcome aboard on the Starship Earth, where the passengers are all of the same race :)

As for the houris, foods and drinks, the sufis think nothing of them too. According to many learned people, the greatest experience would be to be able to see Allah s.w.t. But that ultimate reward is exclusive for those whom Allah has given His full blessings. Needless to say, they would be the people who enjoys the highest level of paradise.

And interesting note here is that the lowest level of paradise would be quite like living on Earth with all its splendour but none of the diseases and ailments. Imagine, living as we are today in a cooling environment where we do not have to work and not a shed a single sweat or tear. Wallahualam.

Monster Mom said...

You are what you eat. That I believe.
Put race aside.... Imagine me having dinner with hubby in a Nasi Kandar restaurant surrounded by Mr Ang, Mr Siva, Mr Jagdeep and Puan Kina anak Bipin.... Who are we now?

Salam Aidilfitri to you sir!

p/s - Unfortunately, I'm not your secretary.... Should I be glad about it??? Ha ha.... Maaf tuan! Hari raya ni jgn mare....

cakapaje said...

Salam MM,

Say, your Q, is it just an analogy or should I give an answer? :)

And who's that Sir you are referring to? I mean, very few individuals know that I have an OBE.

As for the secretary thing, your name sounds very much like a lady I knew. Anyway, I would love to have you as my secretary, except that I'm no longer a boss in an office. Whenever my friend calls me when I'm home, I'll just say that I am at my Opis-Pakai-Kain-Pelekat :)

de_kerinchi said...

Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

Selamat hari raya dan maaf zahir batin dari saya sekeluarga...

semoga diberkati Allah s.w.t

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumusalam warahmatullah hi wabarakatuh,

de_kerinchi bro, Selamat Menyambut Aidil Fitri juga dari saya dan ibu :)

Pyanhabib said...

selamat hari raya aidilfitri

cakapaje said...

Salam Saudara Pyan,

Terima kasih kerana sudi singgah. Dan Selamat Menyambut Aidil Fitri juga kepada saudara :)

Zawi said...

Shah,
Had my share of bad connection or not connection at all today due to the high volume of users who are using the line now. Have to bear with it for awhile.
Selamat Hari Raya dan dipohon kemaafan jua.

Ydiana said...

Salam Shah

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin! :)

cakapaje said...

Salam Aidil Fitri Pak Zawi,

Hmm...I find the high volume user excuse by the service providers a lame excuse as we pay for the service where they had anticipated the volume from day one. Nonetheless, lets just hope for a better service in the future.

Maaf zahir dan batin.

cakapaje said...

Salam Aidil Fitri ydiana,

Hehe...any open house? ;)