Friday, October 22, 2010

Generation XYZ: An introduction

I remembered the first day I wanted to stay in hostel, it was one of those days where your tummy was growling like crazy, as if it would also know that by tomorrow no more of your favorite mushroom soup or "ayam masak arab" would be served during breakfast and dinner, I even though: would I even have breakfast or dinner while in hostel? I'll be skinny like a stick, or worst, just bones and blackness, like a fleshed skeleton (Amnah might like that).

Yep, for anyone going into hostel that would be the scenario. there was even a scene I heard a form 4 going into hostel her first time, crying (I'm not saying any names)

The truth is for me, when I entered hostel in Maahad Hamidiah Kajang, it was all about being somekind of "dare-devil" in the family. Someone in the family had to start the tradition of staying in the hostel, and that person was me. It made me "smiled" knowing these were one of those "things" you could always be proud against your sister and someday say to her

"Hey sis, I stayed in the hostel for 4 years while in school"

ok, maybe that might be a little too much, but any thing I'm better at than the rest of my siblings, then I'm proud of it and appreciate it the most.

Now that same feeling in your tummy is coming back, but this time, your just older.

As we get older, these "feelings" when you were a kid shouldn't be here. But it IS.

I remember my mum saying to me once, the reason why young kids should always get what they want was because they didn't "understand".

Understand what?

Life, Grown ups, news, politics, or any "boring" stuff a kid would think

guess she never touch that part, but maybe between you and I, we could put a blind eye to it, and I think we both understand what she's talking about (unless your a kid).

The older we grow up the more we should be able to "understand" things and become more wise when it comes to choice making, being more matured (as in controlling emotions and lust) and making sure the "greater good" is always put first.

Recently, my mum told me about how different our generations are apart. she (as a professional child psychologist) would classify the generations in today's world into generations X, Y and Z.

these generations are divided base on the progress of technology.

Generation X: these people are kinda old in this 21st century, but they are powerful people, and are the ones controlling the world, they know what's going on and how the world works that feel responsible to there upcoming generations and try to help them out like creating newer technology for everyday use like cars, washing machine, home telephone, t.v and even the computer or modifying government policies. Although there intentions are pure, their creations sometimes gives little help to the Y generation, diverting them from their objectives, and ruining the Z generation, who are too into entertainment.

This generation are those from the time the first computer was made and when the Tv was black and white, they had to struggle through life, maybe sometimes working during their youthful days.

People who are X generations that I know: My mum and Dad, My teachers in Maahad (not all, but the majority) and anyone who was born before 1980.

Generation Y: they form the core of the 21st century, the majority of the world are populated by Y generations, called "belia" in Malay, while generation X leads, they follow, forming the backbone of the world, whatever happens, it's because their presence or absence in the situation.

They "develop" the technology generation X has created, but with a bit of fun in it. facebook, friendster, sports cars, Youtube, Ipods, Mp4's, anything that generation Z likes, it's because generation Y developed.

Again their intentions were pure, but it got off hand, with the pampering from generation X and the begging from generation Z, they went out of control, causing the world to spin in entertainment and lust. But, the power to bring peace back also are in them. Although less aware of whats happening, they would charge head on into anything that challenges the ideas of the people from generation X they idolized. from Jihadism to Zionism, they walk half blind, half mature and half wise from their predecessors, generation X.

Part of there lives before the 21st century, they were like generation X, going through a life of hardship and struggle, making them wise, but by the time the step into the 21st century, a majority of them forgotten the struggles and hardship, and thus were consumed by lust and hedonism, even hastening it for generation Z. The Fate of the world depends on them and their choices.

People I know who are Generation Y: Myself, Brother Khairul, Fattah, Nafeesa, Nuaim, my Usrah buddies, my classmates, my debate mates, Saddiq, Amnah, Daeng, Kamal and Zubair. Anyone born between 1980's to the year 2000.

Generation Z: begging for happiness and peace from both generation X and Y, they are the ones who least understand that the world has been going all wrong. being pampered from the start of the 21st century, they craze for lust and good entertainment. No struggle here, everything is served by technology. there story has much to be written, and that story lies in the hands of generation X. they are just users of technology, neither developing nor devolving it. but seeing the 21st century and how it's spinning out of control, you could say they will feel the full impact.

There story to be continued........................

People I know who are Generation X: Udden, Nadia, Fauzul and all the cute kindergartens I could see. Anyone being born during the 21st century. You have Ipods, Andoroids and God-knows-what technology your mum gave you.May Allah bless you all.

this is a wroth description on the generations and how they affect each other.

The gap between us is so real, I just need to look at my family.
Between me and my mum, I double the usage of handphones and internet when I was her age, she hardly uses it, even now.
Between me(generation Y) and my little brother, Uddeen (generation Z), he used handphones and a computer double me, if I was his age.

So you could see how by time, we make ourselves "slaves" to technology, and only a handful acknowledge this.

To be continues................................

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A New Earth

3600 years ago..................

Aaron came to his brother Moses and asked,

“Brother, what is the first commandment of all?”

And Moses replied, “Here Israel your Lord, your God, your Lord is One”

Some 1600 years later.........................

A learned men of the Jew came to a man named Jesus while he was preaching, he asked

“Master, what commandment is the first of all?”

And just like his elder, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus may peace be upon him replied,

“Here Israel your Lord, your God, your Lord is One”

He said the exact sentence without the change of a dot!

Some 600 years later, a Christian Missionary group came to the House of Prophet Muhammad for a dialogue, after talking on various issues, one man asked,

“Dear Muhammad, what is your concept of God”

and that's where Allah s.w.t sent down suratul Ikhlas for Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon Him, which says:
“Say: He (your Lord) is One and Only!”
(Al-Qur'an, Al-ikhlas, 112:1)

What is the difference? Moses said your Lord is One, Jesus said the same, Muhammad said exactly the same in Arabic! The fundamentals are the same. The faiths are the same.
Then it suggests that there could be no hate nor discrimination among ourselves.

The cases going thru the twenty first century has endangered the teachings of these “enlightened” people, threatening the very foundation of this one faith.

When I see people of various religions, I see lunatics, fighting, killing mass murdering in the name of God, as if He would agree with it, I do not see the same faces of Moses, Aaron, Jesus or Muhammad in those actions (P.B.U.T)

In a world spinning out of control, Why has humanity gone so far astray? Are we back in the dark times?

Last time the dams of Maghribi has erupted causing the times of dark, has the dams that hold our lustful, egoistic, inner-animal being has erupted into such a devastating form that we are in the dark times............ Again?

Our humans instincts and our purpose is only for one.................... eternal happiness. And yet this eternal happiness is being pursued in the most devastating ways, from suicide bombing to night clubbing.

It is time we wake up from our slumber of ego, lust and our animal selves and start embracing the ways of the “enlightened” people.

How do we shook of being miserable? All the lust, fear, disappointments, ego and hate, how do we destroy it?
* * *

Some 1400 years ago, the Prophets wife, Aisyah r.a, saw the Prophet praying in the night. His feet were in bruises, his body sore, and the man looked like he would have toppled down with a simple push.

So Aisyah came and asked,

“oh Prophet of God, why have you inflicted hardship on yourself for praying to God, where as you among all people are confirmed to enter paradise?”

With one of the warmest smile, the Prophet replied:
“Can I not be a servant that is grateful to my Lord?”
600 hundred years prior, a humble servant came to Jesus (pbuh).

“Master, I have no food, nor shelter, nor the warmth of one's (family) touch, how shall I be among the happiest people of this world?”

and so Jesus (pbuh) replied

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ for you”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18, the Bible)

1600 years before this event occurring a man by the name of Moses, came down upon his lord praying:

“He said: O my Lord! Expand my breast for me,

And make my affair easy on me,

And loose the knot from my tongue,

(That) they may understand my word,

And give an aider from my family,

Aaron, my brother,

Strengthen my back by him,

And associate him (with me) in my affair,

So that we should glorify (be Grateful) Thee much,

And remember Thee oft.”

(Surah Taha, 20:25-35, The Holy Qur'an)

* * * * *

The key is to be grateful, grateful that you have good health, even though you cough every morning. Grateful for your friends, even though they sometimes don't get you, grateful for your parents, even though they wouldn't allow you your freedom. And most of all be grateful for your life, for the bless of God for being able “to be” grateful once more.

Because in the end our ego, lust, animalistic behavior and hate is all because we never tend to realize that God, even though he never gave want we always wanted, he gave us what we needed.

And so........................ the start of a new world, a new earth, without wars, without fear, without being miserable.

A New Earth

(Allah) Most Gracious!

It is He Who has taught the Qur'an.

He has created man:

He has taught him speech (and intelligence).

The sun and the moon follow courses (exactly) computed;

And the herbs and the trees - both (alike) bow in adoration.

And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice),

In order that ye may not transgress (due) balance.

So establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.

It is He Who has spread out the earth for (His) creatures:

Therein is fruit and date-palms, producing spathes (enclosing dates);

Also corn, with (its) leaves and stalk for fodder, and sweet-smelling plants.

Then which of the favors of your Lord will ye deny?
(Suratur Rahman, 55:1-13, The Holy Quran)