Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A lighter side to the Hulu Selangor By-Election

I saw this at and thought of sharing it here. Enjoy! 

Sunday, April 25, 2010

National Achievers Congress 2010

The National Achievers Congress 2010 was held at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre from 23 to 25 April 2010.  I was given 2 tickets for the event, so I dragged along a colleague for company.  I was expecting to recognize a lot of people there, but I only met with a few friends.  I did make a few new ones though.

The congress was organized by Success Resources, a Singapore based company with a Malaysian branch.
 There were about a dozen speakers at the congress...
...among them, John P Coutis.

Born with a severe disability that rendered his legs useless, John defied medical opinion by refusing to die.  Today John speaks all around the world to tens of thousands, very enthusiastic and eager people whom he leaves breathless.  Read more about John P Coutis here.

Many people were posing for a photo with John...

... I couldn't resist.
John had even spoken at this function as far back as 1998.

Another speaker was of course Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Britain.

 Photo from Malaysian Insider

Photo from Rocky's Bru

While there was a large police presence at the Convention Centre, I was not aware of the 100 or so persons gathered to protest the presence of Blair.

Blair spoke about how interdependent we all are, how global challenges have become and the speed at which change occurs today.  Success is dependent on being open minded and our willingness to embrace change.

It was ironical that when there were those protesting outside the hall, Blair spoke to a standing ovation by the around 3,000 participants of the Congress.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Defenders of Islam

It’s interesting to note that there are now so many self-proclaimed ‘defenders of Islam’. This, to me, implies that Islam is too weak that it requires these persons to come forward in defence of it.

I have been brought up with the belief that an important tenet of Islam is the Shahadah or witnessing and according to my Ustaz or teacher, this Shahadah should be reflected in our daily lives.

When I live my life in a way that portrays the beauty of Islam and invites others to Islam, not by mere words but by the very essence of my being, then I am living the Shahadah of Islam. If, on the other hand, my actions actually drive others away, then it is the Shahadah of kufr (disbelief).

I have to ask myself as to the kind of witness that I am and/or would like to be, and I would like to invite the ‘defenders’ to ask themselves the same question.