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Noramfaizul Mohd Nor

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

What was supposed to be a normal day yesterday started out with some heartbreaking news. I always try not to read the news when I start my day, but a headline caught my eye as I was logging in to check my mail: Bernama TV cameraman shot dead in Somalia.

PETALING JAYA: Bernama TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, 41, who was in Somalia with the Putera 1Malaysia Club for the Humanitarian aid mission, was killed in Mogadishu Friday night.

According to Khairulanuar Yahaya, a Bernama TV journalist, Noramfaizul who was with members of the electronic media on a truck and heading to the city’s commercial centre to send visuals that were earlier recorded, was hit by a bullet fired at an army truck by rebels.

Image courtesy of Gobolada.com

Image courtesy of Utusan Online

Dear Malaysian brothers and sisters, we Somali people share the sorrow of the loss of our brother, may Allah give him the loftiest of stations in Jannah. He went to Somalia with the humanitarian aid mission and that alone speaks volumes about his noble character and courage. I cannot begin to imagine what his family are going through, but my prayers are with his wife Narzrina Jaafar, and two sons, Mohd. Irfan, 8, and Mohd. Naufal, 3. My eyes teared up as I read an excerpt about his father accepting the death of his only son and not blaming anyone for the tragedy; a rarity in today’s world where people are consumed by revenge and hatred.

I could not help but notice some people turning comments sections into yet another platform to voice their disdain for opposing political parties and show their hatred for others instead of wishing the family well or keeping quiet. It is the aim of a few to keep Somalia from ever stabilizing, and members of the African Union mission in Somalia are believed to have carried out this attack. Every time there is an inkling of hope and Somalia takes a step forward, someone carries out an atrocity like this and sends us 10 steps back. I pray the Malaysian people see beyond this horrible act and continue to help those in need. I love Malaysia and its people, and it has always been welcoming to Somali people; I hope what was done by a group of non-Somalis in our land does not change the decades of brotherhood we share.

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Back in the Eastern Province

April 14, 2011 2 comments

I was hoping I would catch a little bit of winter this year, as I’ve only been visiting Saudi Arabia during summers for the last three years. I really miss winter for many reasons. I miss being able to play basketball or soccer at the beach during any time of the day. I really miss the cold early morning runs. I miss wearing my old jacket. I miss not having to restrict my driving hours from late morning to late afternoon.

Sadly, I didn’t make it in time this year. However, I was lucky the weather was fair and it didn’t start getting humid. I’d go to the beach and swim in the freezing waters to try and get some of my training for next year’s triathlon. As usual, no one else is in the water and everyone was looking at me weird. Sadly, I wasn’t able to go cycling as this trip was just 3 weeks and wasn’t worth packing the bike and flying it all the way.

Living away from home makes you appreciate many things you’d take for granted. For one, home-made food. It was the highlight of my trip. I miss the vast variety of dishes served up in restaurants. Being a gear head and and a lover of the open road, I missed driving from city to city visiting friends and family, especially the cheap petrol prices that allowed me to zip all around the province.

Sadly, like all good things, the three weeks flew by and it was time for me to pack up again; mainly dates since I’ll be fasting in Malaysia during Ramadhan Insha’Allah.

And for those of you who always wonder, what’s the difference between a normal day and a dusty day in Saudi Arabia, here are two pictures from the same location.

Rahima Corniche 1

That dusty day...

On a normal day...

Categories: General, Holidays

Once Again…

November 5, 2010 2 comments

Once again, tectonic plates must have shifted since the last time I’ve written anything here. It’s sad to see that a few bloggers whose posts I loved reading, a great portion of them Somali bloggers, decided to call it quits and throw in the towel if you may. The Somali blogger community has simply disappeared, as I can’t find any other Somali bloggers out there. Maybe it’s because I haven’t looked hard enough, but if you’re a Somali blogger or know of one’s blog, please drop me a link.

 

(d)evolution?

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment

(d)evolution


Categories: General, Humor, Philosophy

i.is.back

May 26, 2009 8 comments

“It’s been a while” would be the understatement of the millenium. Nearly two years; it’s a wonder I still remembered the password to my account. Anyways, I’m back in sandbox for a while. It’ll take a few days to sort this blog out and publish the drafts I’ve saved up. First things first though; I have to see who else is still around.

Categories: General

30 Days…

September 12, 2007 15 comments

I’ve noticed a trend in some Muslims living in Western nations during Ramadan. Come the holy month, one can observe that they’re afraid to show their religion openly and some even go to lengths to hide their fasting. I’ve observed in some, and heard it from others, and this desire to hide Islam does not serve them well.

A young friend of mine confessed to how she has a hard time dealing with Ramadan. She and her friends frequently eat lunch together and come lunchtime, she doesn’t have it in her to tell them she’s fasting so she makes up a story that she’s joined something new; last year it was the library I think. Considering her situation, I had no choice but to advise her that she must tell her friends the truth, rather than keeping her religious duty a secret and avoiding all the questions they might ask her.

For one, aside from this being a Da’wah opportunity, being frank and open with her friends and observing their reactions will show her just how much they respect her as a friend. Two, through her, they can ask her any questions regarding Islam and receive first-hand information rather than hearing all sorts of stories from the media. Most importantly, she’ll be able to practice her religion more freely rather than suppress it every time she’s around her friends.

Another case is that of the workplace. As some of you can relate, many feel that practicing their religion in a non-Muslim dominated workplace is quite a challenge; not from others, but from within themselves. Little do they know that usually their co-workers will be more than willing to offer them whatever they require, such as a room to pray in. Fortunately, most Muslims I know are respected at work and are even provided with a clean space to perform their obligatory prayers. An example would be an uncle of mine, who while under the watchful eyes of his superiors, and while trying to obtain a much sought after position with lots of competition, still put up Ramadan decorations made by his little kids on his office door for all to see. Subtle, yet thoughtful, since that reminds his colleagues that he’s fasting. Needless to say, all he got was respect.

Yes, I understand; initially it might be difficult and somewhat uncomfortable to do at first, but eventually you’ll wish you’d done that earlier in your life. It’s 30 days out of 365, 4 weeks out of the 52, a single month in the year in which the gates of hell are closed and we are given a chance to invest in spiritual growth and commit ourselves to Allah. Islam is not just a practice; it’s a way of life. And you shouldn’t hide it.

Keep strong M.

Ramadan Kareem brothers and sisters!

 Not the way to spend your Ramadan…

Ramadan routine

Categories: General, Islam, Life, Opinion

Car of the Moment: Lamborghini Reventon

September 11, 2007 9 comments

Anyone who knows me understands that I’ve been into cars ever since I was 5. Although not my only hobby, it is by far the one I’m most passionate about. Most of my pocket money since my freshman year at high school was spent on fuel. I was and still am as much an addict to driving as the Insider is to gossip and knowing what a certain celeb drank last night.

And then just as I was thinking about what car to buy once I’m officially on my own, Lamborghini dashes my dreams by unveiling this machine. This is by far the best Italian sports car I have ever seen. With all that geometric symphony, it makes me love math all over again. Not only does the design look like something a fighter jet designer would have made; the instrument panel itself looks like a fighter jet HUD; and probably goes undetected by radar as well!

The perfect morning would be to wake up with this Lambo in the garage right next to my Jeep and mountain bike. But with a price tag of $1 million, that dream will stay put on hold for the mean time. Now to wait and see which rapper rents it first and slaps on some custom rims with spinners in his latest video…