Sunday, September 13, 2009

MUSE - Uprising

Well, it's the most awaited new single from British rockers Muse
They've been quite in hiatus since their last release, "Black Holes and
Revelations" last 2006. It's been 3 years and with "Uprising", they
signal the release of their comeback album titled "The Resistance". The
band's latest album will be released on September 7

Speaking of the song, it's intro is kind of an interlude as it started
almost a minute into the 5-minute new summer anthem. The effortless
rhythmical arrangement of synthesizers in the beginning of the song is
brilliant. Besides of the infectious "come-on" chants in the
background, there's nothing that "new" in the track. It is still the
same Muse we knew since the early 2000s. The spike and attitude is
still there, and I'm quite envisioning the video to the song. It's
something like a fusion of U2 and Keane, which is quite positive

In conclusion, it's 5-minute combination of a much efforted ingenuity
from one of the greatest bands of the 21st century

Catch the single when it comes out on September 7, 2009. The group has
been also confirmed of a stint at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

(taken from a website)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Danger of Lying

I fell off(tq xLANx) a motorcycle at Greenwood once, riding with my friend. Me and my friend have some minor injuries and were treated at the IIUM clinic. I didn't tell my parents about this because they have warned(tq xLANx) me not to ride on a motorcycle whatever the case is (they're motorcycle-phobic).

Somehow the news got to my parents, but in a different version. I don't know how the news spread but what reached my parents is that I've been in an accident and I'm in the hospital with my arm broken.

See how things turn out when someone lied.

This might sound totally absurd but think about it : You know that Charles Darwin told us that humans are the descendants of apes. One day if someone tells(tq xLANx) (lying as a joke) that we actually evolve from frogs, as the frog prince fairy tale were not just created without a cause, people might just believe it and discuss about it (we have the whole theorist and philosopher convention on this), thus create another theory of evolution concerning frogs.

I know the example given sounds silly but look wider on how a simple lie can change the whole story ad how a lie that is intended as a joke can change the world.

The Butterfly Effect.

The Prophet (PBUH) "forbade Muslims from lying even if they do so only as a joke, in order to make others laugh."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Satan in Chains (Ramadan)

We have been told that Satan are chained during the Ramadan month. So, there won't be any haunting ghost around and that we're safe from them.

Abu Hurairah, (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)

We (Muslim) know that Satan is the cause of all evil things. So why are there still sins committed if Satan is actually locked up or chained in the month of Ramadan.

I've asked this question in an IRK (Islamic Revealed Knowledge) class during my undergraduate studies. The lecturer said that we should not take the Hadith literally. By that she means that the Satans are not actually or literally chained but were chained due to our religious deeds (Amal) ; fasting, sunat terawikh ,etc.

I do 100% agree with her explanations. I agree with her that the Satans are not literally chained. Why do we still have sinners in the month of Ramadan if they are actually locked up.

It is our job to lock them up. I prefer to chain them because it sounds cooler (nonsense hehe).

p/s: when I refer to Satan it would include devils, ghosts, djinns, etc.

Selamat Berpuasa, Happy Fasting.

May Allah S.W.T be with you. Amin