Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Human DNA are similar to pig and monkey

Allah Almighty Said: "We will soon show them Our signs in the Universe and inside their selves, until it will become quite clear to them that it is the truth. Is it not sufficient as regards your Lord that He is a witness over all things? (The Noble Quran, 41:53)

The Koran tells us so many scientific things. If we read carefully, we will find wonders that no human can think of out thin air. Muhammad (may peace be upon him) could not know this when the Koran are revealed to him about 1400 years ago.

Let us read this ayah slowly:

"Say: "Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from God? those who incurred the curse of God and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!" (The Noble Quran, 5:60)"

"When in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions, We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected." (The Noble Quran, 7:166)"

"And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected." (The Noble Quran, 2:65)"

Reading this few ayahs slowly we can come to a conclusion that there were some humans that Allah S.W.T. transformed into apes and swine. But why apes and swine and not other animal? Why not snake or dog or fish? Why not lizards or camels or scorpians or chickens or birds or any other animals?


The similarities of human DNA compared to the apes and pigs is already proven by science when we use molecular techniques separate isolated and extract the DNA, then we need chemicals to purify them from other impurities. Then the small sample must undergo Polymerase Chain reaction to increase the number of DNA. After that a long process sequencing. After we know the sequence we need to match it by using certain computer program.

Can you imagine that 1400 years ago Allah revealed to Muhammad (may piece be upon him) that some human change to pig and apes, then now we find out the similarities of DNA of human to pigs and apes? MashaAllah! If the DNA is similar then the protein created is also similar.

This article shows the similarities of human and apes. Similar but not same. I refute the Darwin's idea and his theory of evolution. Darwin only rely on the same characteristics such as arms and legs of apes that looks like ours and came up with a theory. Bear in mind that this theory is NEVER been proven but it was in our Biology text books.

Because of the similar DNA sequences, the product of from the DNA is similar. Good enough for transplantation of pig organs into human. There are other transplantation such as the pig's heart valve to human heart as well. Can a muslim use this organs? Yes we can during 'darurat'.

I am so impressed by how scientific the Koran is. As science progress today, the Koran have been proven to carry no mistakes at all. Only our limited knowledge of science today, we understand more of the knowledge of Allah S.W.T. He is the all-knowing. All of knowledge is from Him. He can give or take away the knowledge He have given us.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

My First Islamic Book

Its quite fresh in my mind when I started to read on Islam. More or less at that time, I like to read about ghost, jins, pontianaks, toyol etc. What amuses me was the so called ghost in the Malay society cannot be seen in the Chinese and Indian society vice versa. We dont actually see a toyol in the Chinese. I was thinking at that time, why is it like this, it is not logical at all because at the very end all of us are just a normal helpless human being.

So once a while, I will drop by my friends place to read some books on jins and demons. I find it interesting when there are some notes by the author. It seems like the author have done some research and he uses the Koran and some hadiths to explain. Even after reading the long description on jins and the land of the unknown to us, it still doesnt it any sense of the Malay, Chinese or Indian ghost at all. I thought to my self 'maybe I did not do enough research'.

So one day while I go eat at Nasi Kandar Pelita at SS2, I saw they sell the translation of Koran in English.

'Mamak, berapa ringgit buku tu?' While pointing to the books.
'Itu Koran la, Islam punya buku'
'Yela, berapa ringgit?' Then he gave me a funny look. I wasnt a muslim yet at this time and I was wearing shorts and t-shirt. (look very apek like).
'Sepuluh ringgit'
'OK' Then I bought the book.

Upon reaching Universiti Malaya dorm, I carefully hide it under my shirt. Dont want my other Chinese, Malay or Indian friends to ask so many questions. I just want to read the book. Carefully I read the cover, it is a Yusuf Ali translation. Slowly I read through, like I try to get some ideas of what is written. I find some truth of Islam that day. It does not teaches bad things and it is in line with my life principle. However, I cannot understand a lot of things and I cannot interprete a lot of things because at that time I do not know there are such thing as the tafsir for Koran.

After some time, I gave up reading the Koran because some part is hard to understand. Then I started to look into the hadith. The first hadith book I actually read was the translation of Sahih Bukhari. This book play a very important part in my life decision to revert to Islam. I find interesting facts and many questions arises as I read through this book. What can a muslim do and what cant a muslim do? I keep on asking my friends to clear my doubts of Islam.

Because there are some influence of reading the Koran and Sahih Bukhari, I learned the truth of Islam and how human influence cannot be mixed with the truth Islam offers. I learned the science in Islam. I learned that everything in Islam is perfect, so perfect that we only have to practice it.

It brings me joy to know that I was given the hidayah by Allah S.W.T.
Alhamdullilah. I pray to Allah to open my heart to gain more knowledge, and to love You.

Things to remember: The knowledge we have is so little(smaller than an electron) compared to the knowledge of Allah. I need to learn more to appreciate and increase my iman.

P.S.: I am looking for a good tafsir for Bukhari and Muslim. Contact me if you know any good book.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Syaitan ganggu solatku?

Sudah hampir masuk asar, hati kecilku berkata. Aku melangkah ke sebuah surau di salah satu pusat membeli-belah di Malaysia. Semua orang seolah-oleh bersolat bersendirian, tiada jemaah, mungkin sebab hampir masuk waktu asar. Cepat-cepat aku ambil wudhu.

'Allahuakbar', sambil bertakbir aku berniat untuk solat zohor di dalam hatiku sambil mula membaca al-Fatihah perlahan-lahan.

Tiba-tiba aku terdengar satu suara yang kuat dari sisi kiriku.
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'. Mungkin ada orang lain juga yang baru mula solat.
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
Bacaan Fatihah terganggu, manusia yang berdiri di tepiku in mengulangnya berkali-kali dengan suara yang kuat. Aku dah tak ingat bacaan Fatihah hingga mana. Barangkali di tepiku ini bukan manusia, barangkali syaitan yang ingin mengganggu solatku. Perlahan-lahan aku mulakan bacaanku sekali lagi.
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
'Usholli Fardhu...... Allahuakbar'
Diulanginya sehingga beberapa kali sehingga konon-kononnya masuk niat.
(tahu dari kawan setelah ditanya tentang insiden ini).
Walaupun terganggu, aku berjaya lakukan tanggungjawabku. Syaitan yang kuingatkan mengganggu solatku itu juga membaca al-Fatihah dengan sangat kuat padahal baru nak masuk asar. Hati kecilku menyuruh aku tegur namun pada ketika itu, ilmuku belum mencukupi.

Niat hanya perlu dilakukan di dalam hati dan bukan lidah. Niat juga tidak perlu dilakukan dengan bacaan aturan yang tertentu seperti yang dipelajari di sekolah, 'Usholli Fardhu......'
Niat boleh dilakukan dengan apa-apa bahasa. Sepanjang bacaanku tentang niat tidak pernah ku temui satu buktipun tentang keperluan 'masuk niat' sehingga perlu diulang berkali-kali.

'Ala, tu benda yang kecil aje tak penting la, asalkan dia niat ikut cara dia, kita niat ikut cara kita cukuplah.' Yeke, tak penting ke? Rasullulah SAW memberitahu kita supaya bersolat sepertimana baginda bersolat. Bagi saya kalau kita tidak bersolat sebagaimana Rasullulah bersolat maka kita bukannya bersolat tetapi hanya melakukan perbuatan yang sia-sia.

Pernah sekali aku membaca suatu artikel di masjid sepelas solat jumaat tentang wuduk. Nabi Muhammad memberikan amaran kepada mereka yang tidak membasuh tumitnya dengan betul akan terbakar tumit2 itu di akhirat kelak. Pentingkah 'benda-benda kecil' ini? Selalu saja aku lihat sewaktu wudhu, ramai yang hanya melalukan air ditumitnya, tidak digosoknya dengan tangan.

Insiden ini selalu mengingatkanku kepada solat jemaah. Aku belajar solat jemaah perlulah rapat-rapat dan lurus. Hampir setiap kali, pasti ada sahaja yang tidak ingin rapat bahu ke bahu denganku. Walaupun aku menariknya supaya lebih rapat namun orang si sebelahku selalu meninggalkan sedikit ruang.
'Alaa.... selesa sikit nak solat, nanti duduk pun selesa.'
Yeke? tau tak apa yang lalu kat celah/ruang yang ditinggalkan itu? Syaitan akan lalu dicelah-celah itu sambil korang solat dengan selesa? Aku tak pernah selesa bila ada ruangan itu kerana syaitan pasti menunggu untuk melaluinya.

Sehingga sekarang, ramai lagi yang jahil tentang cara wudhu dan solat, aku ingatkan aku yang mualaf ini sahaja yang perlu belajar cara berwudhu dan solat.

Bagi syaitan yang mengganggu solatku itu, sebenarnya hanyalah seorang manusia sahaja. Mungkin kita perlukan lebih banyak ilmu lagi.


Monday, February 9, 2009

Wahabi oh wahabi!

'Ustazah kat SS16 tu memang celaka, ajar ajaran sesat'
'Memang orang wahabi macam tu, suka kata ini bidaah dan itu bidaah'

Itulah antara perbualan saya dengan seorang penjual makan di Kampung Kerinchi, Kuala Lumpur.
Lama jugak saya berbincang dengan pakcik ni lepas dia tau saya ni Cina peluk Islam. Susah nak jelaskan kepada orang yang hanya 'mengikut' dan tidak 'mengkaji' Islam.

'Utazah tu kata yang ni tak bole buat, itu tak boleh buat'

Dalam hati, saya berbisik'memang ustazah ni bagus, banyak mengkaji'. Ramai yang tidak tahu bahawa amalan orang Melayu Islam tidak semestinya bertepatan dengan apa yang Islam anjurkan. (akan dihurai dalam tajuk seterusnya)

Balik kepada tajuk kita hari ini, setelah pakcik itu memarahi Ustazah itu wahabi, saya tanya dia tau tak apa tu wahabi? Dia kata orang yang ikut buku sahaja. Memang betul tapi buku apa? Dia tidak menjawab tetapi terus memarahi orang yang dilabelkan sebagai wahabi ini. Sebagai orang Islam, jika ada orang panggil saya wahabi, saya akan gembira, bersyukur kepada Allah kerana orang yang dilabelkan wahabi ini sebenarnya orang yang begitu teliti dan berhati-hati dalam urusan agama.

Mari kita membaca mengenai wahabi:

(Huraian yang sangat detail daripada Kapten Hafiz Firdaus)

Ada jugak bahan mengenai wahabi dalam bentuk e-book
Baca tentang 'Membersihkan Salah Faham Terhadap Dakwah Syaikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab '

Tuduhan yang melulu mengenai golongan wahabi adalah seperti orang bodoh yang mengikut telunjuk orang lain. Jika kita orang Islam terus begini, secara tidak lansung kita akan menjadi menjadi 'anjing' yang terikat dengan kata-kata manis yang mungkin akan suatu hari menyesatkan kita.

Syukur alhamdullilah, ada banyak bahan rujukan untuk kita dari kitab-kitab ahli ulamak selepas zaman Sahabat.

Moral of the story:
Jangan mendengar sahaja, tapi kita perlulah cuba sedaya upaya untuk memastikan bahawa apa sahaja yang kita dengar itu benar dengan melakukan kajian. Banyak lagi yang perlu saya belajar... Kalau salah tolong tunjukkan na. :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Why / How ISLAM?

'How do you learn Islam?'
'Why do you revert to Islam?'

There are many more questions that people often ask me when they knew that I have embrace Islam. Most of them will ask from where I learn or from who. Although there are many questions but there is only one answer. Its the same answer every time.

'Allah gave me the hidayah.'

I have been always trying to learn about religion since I was small. Before I revert to Islam, I was a Buddhist because my family are Buddhist. Unlike my other siblings, I read books on Buddhism (most of the books can be found in English). I find many interesting ideas and principles in Buddhism. However the most interesting of all is this line in one of the books I read.

Buddha said,"Do not pray at me as I am just a human..."

I can't remember all but I think you get the idea. As I get older I learn that my family is not actually Buddhist but they are actually practicing BTC. BTC means Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. It means that in some aspect like obedience to parents follow the Confucianism, some other aspect like praying ceremonies follow the Taoism and in the sense of knowing God follow Buddhism.

The thing is all this three ideology actually are very different and a lot of the three teachings clashes with one another. However at that time I am still young and just follow what my parents ask me to do.

After my STPM, I manage to further study at Universiti Malaya. During 3 years of studies, I learned a lot about Christianity, Hindunism and Islam. I always remind my self not to 'JUST FOLLOW' like what I did when I was younger. Among the three religion, Islam catches my eyes the most not because my Malay muslim friends are the best example. It is because I find out the things that they practice is very different from the things I read in books.

This is when I start asking my friends about Islam. From the most simplest question to the most complex questions.

'Why some people takbir during here and here and some people don't? I thought it should be the same wat?'
'Why some people move their finger during Tahiyat?'
'Why some muslim wear like this and some don't'
'Why some women wear socks and some don't'
'If there are some people in this world who did not know about Islam, will they still go to heaven?'

I could not find answers to all my questions but I am quite lucky because they point me to the right directions. From here I study Islam. I learned about the real Islam. How simple it is, how easy it is to live as a muslim. Sometime along my journey to learn Islam, I learn how to differenciate the Malay culture and Islam (the hard way).

I tried fasting, I tried waking up early just to see my roomate pray, I tried to dress well (no aurat seen), no pork, no alchohol, only halal food. (this is easy because I rarely eat pork and drink). At this point I am sure that Islam is the best way of life. It give me the best solution to all my ill attitudes (one of it is lazy).

Until one day, I am convince and recite the syahadah and I open my heart to love Allah.

Do not just depend on others to tell you about your religion, we have to do research to know the truth of Islam. We might me mislead from the true path of Islam if we only follow what other people say.

(This story is shortern because I am tired, will update and edit it someday.)

Introduction to my blog

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

Welcome to my blog. My name is Muhammad Ng Chee Hong bin Ng Ban Choi.

In my blog, I will share about my life as a revert as well as the science in the light of Islam.
This is not my first blog but I hope it will be my last one.

Currently, I am a teacher in one of the matriculation center in Petaling Jaya. If you are interested to meet me, please email me at cheehongz@gmail.com