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Monday, August 28, 2006

17 year old Muslimah facing death for Hijab


Letter from Prison:
17 year old Muslimah facing death for Hijab
Sister Huda Kaya and her three daughters were arrested with fifty others protesting the ban on hijab (islamic headscarf) in Ynonu University, Turkey. The prosecutor is demanding the death penalty for them. The trial adjourned on 22 June 1999.
We have a new letter from Sister Nurcihan Saatcioglu, daughter of Huda Kaya, now aged 17 currently on trial facing the death penalty. It was sent from her prison in Malatya. The english translation isn't brilliant but still understandable:

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Elhamdulillah and salam to His Honourable Prophet Muhammed, our lovely leader, our lovely guide. Salam to Honourable Prophet Muhammed (s)'s followers, the momineen resisting against oppression and the mmomineen whose hearts are beating with us, sharing our pains.
My lovely sisters and brothers,
It doesn't matter how far away you are as we feel our hearts beating as one and as we feel you are our brothers and sisters. How happy we are, that we have a Holy Dava'ah. It is so holy that we can resist against all the forces of infidels and munafiqeen. Elhamdulillah. Elhamdulillah for thousands of times.
After the arrest of my mother, my sister Intisar, me and my sister Nurulhak on 21 May 1999, as I was going out of the classroom a final look to all my class mates was glanced by me. At that time all my classmates and the teacher in that class could do nothing for me. They were wondering what I had lived through, the first time I was arrested. And now I have one more experience to tell them. For the last time I was going to the classroom to take my bag. I saw that my friends from other classes were also very much surprised. Some of them were trying not to leave me. And the others and my teacher were trying to share my emotions while I was trying to calm them.
For the last term of our school life we are going to be away from our class and the teachers and our classmates. But we feel and know that it was worth it, and we are ready for it.
And we all know that one day we are going to face that four walls, the jails....
We are not going to graduate. All we want is to get Allah's pleasure. So we say Elhamdulillah that we are here, because we know that the only thing that worth is to get His pleasure. So it doesn't really matter whether we graduate from school, because for us it is important to take our graduation licences through Allah's pleasure. It is important for us to see the Allah's sign in our graduation licences . It is very important for us that our graduation licences be prepared for that Big Day on Allah's side. Allah is enough for us as a best friend...
Below is the "OATH of FREEDOM" that I read out in the headscarf demonstrations on 30 04 1999 Friday in front of the Governor's Building.
We were born freely
We will live freely and when death comes to us
We will die freely
Because we have written "Jihad" on our foreheads
We put the struggle in the beginning of our prayers,
in every morning.
"For a free country"
"For a free school"
"For our honour"
"For our identity"
Giving no concession
We'll resist,
We'll WIN !!!
We have SWORN !!!
Be our witness, Allah !!!
Be our witness, Allah !!!
Be our witness, Allah !!!
If one day I get the death penalty, I am going to repeat the same oath. I am going to read the "Oath of Freedom" again.
"And whoever takes Allah and His apostle and those who believe for a guardian, then surely the party of Allah are they that shall be triumphant."
(Maidah-56/ Holy Qur'an).
My Lord be our friend and assistance.
Nurcihan Saatcioglu
E-Type Prison

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Finally, The Truth on National TV

Billy Graham's daughter was being interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" And Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said "I believe that God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman that He is, I believe that He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand that He leave us alone?"

I know there's been a lot of an email going around in regards to 9/11/01, but this really makes you think. If you don't have time, at least skim through it, but the bottom line is something to think about....

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. Let's see, I think it started when Madeline Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body was found recently) complained she didn't want any prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then, someone said you better not read the Bible in school... the Bible that says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said, OK.

Then, Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide) and we said, an expert should know what he's talking about so we said OK.

Then, someone said teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said no faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don't want any bad publicity, and we surely don't want to be sued (There's big difference between disciplining and touching, beating, smacking, humiliating, kicking, etc.) And we said, OK.

Then someone said, let's let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won't even have to tell their parents. And we said, OK.

Then some wise school board member said, since boys will be boys and they're going to do it anyway, let's give our sons all the condoms they want, so they can have all the fun they desire, and we won't have to tell their parents they got them at school. And we said, OK.

Then some of our top elected officials said it doesn't matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. And agreeing with them, we said it doesn't matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

And then someone said let's print magazines with pictures of nude women and call it wholesome, down-to-earth appreciation for the beauty of the female body. And we said, OK.

And then someone else took that appreciation a step further and published pictures of nude children and then stepped further still by making them available on the Internet. And we said OK; they're entitled to their free speech.

And then the entertainment industry said, let's make TV shows and moviesthat promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. And let's record music that encourages rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And wesaid it's just entertainment, it has no adverse effect, and nobody takes itseriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.

I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

"Dear God, Why didn't you save the little girl killed in her classroom?" Sincerely, Concerned Student... AND THE REPLY "Dear Concerned Student, I am not allowed in schools". Sincerely, God.

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why theworld's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, butquestion what the Bible says.

Funny how everyone wants to go to heaven provided they do not have to believe, think, say, or do anything the Bible says.

Funny how someone can say "I believe in God" but still follow Satan who, by the way, also "believes" in God.

Funny how we are quick to judge but not to be judged.

Funny how you can send a thousand 'jokes' through e-mail and they spreadlike wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord,people think twice about sharing.

Funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but the public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or whatthey will think of you for sending it to them. Funny how I can be moreworried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me.

Are you thinking?

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard onewill know that you did. But, if you discard this thought process, then don't sit back and complain about what a bad shape the world is in!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Setengah Isi Setengah Kosong

Category: Books
Genre: Nonfiction
Author: Parlindungan Marpaung

Karena pelanggan ikan di Jepang menginginkan ikan yang segar untuk disantap, maka paguyuban nelayan Jepang berpikir keras tentang bagaimana supaya ikan yang ditangkap tetap hidup dan segar ketika sampai di tangan pelanggan. Berbagai upaya telah dicoba, namun selalu saja ketika sampai di pantai ikan-ikan yang mereka bawa dengan menggunakan tangki besar itu mati lemas ataupun lemas walaupun tetap hidup.

Berpikir keras akhirnya membuahkan hasil. Ikan-ikan akhirnya bisa tetap segar karena para nelayan telah memasukkan hiu kecil ke dalam tangki tersebut. Ternyata hiu kecil itulah yang telah membuat ikan-ikan tersebut tetap dalam kondisi siaga, berlari-lari dikejar hiu dan ketakutan yang tanpa disadarinya telah tiba dipantai. Maka para pelanggan merasa puas memperoleh ikan yang tetap hidup dan segar.

Sekelumit ilustrasi di atas memberi hikmah tentang arti sebuah tantangan. Ternyata tantangan telah membuat ikan-ikan di tangki tetap segar dan hidup. Begitu pun dengan manusia. Yang membuat seseorang menjadi matang dan dewasa dalam perkembangan mentalnya adalah karena adanya tantangan. Tantangan dan masalah merupakan tanda bahwa kita masih hidup, begitu kata seorang filsuf.

Tulisan di atas adalah bagian dari tulisan Parlindungan Marpaung dalam buku perdananya yang berjudul Setengah Isi Setengah Kosong "Half Full-Half Empty."

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Thursday, April 27, 2006


Suatu ketika, terdapat seorang pemuda di tepian telaga. Ia tampak termenung. Tatapan matanya kosong, menatap hamparan air di depannya. Seluruh penjuru mata angin telah di lewatinya, namun tak ada satupun titik yang membuatnya puas. Kekosongan makin senyap, sampai ada suara yang menyapanya. Ada orang lain disana.

"Sedang apa kau disini anak muda?" tanya seseorang. Rupanya ada seorang kakek tua. "Apa yang kau risaukan..?" Anak muda itu menoleh ke samping, "Aku lelah Pak Tua. Telah berkilo-kilo jarak yang kutempuh untuk mencari kebahagiaan, namun tak juga kutemukan rasa itu dalam diriku. Aku telah berlari melewati gunung dan lembah, tapi tak ada tanda kebahagiaan yang hadir dalam diriku. Kemana kah aku harus mencarinya? Bilakah kutemukan rasa itu?"

Kakek Tua duduk semakin dekat, mendengarkan dengan penuh perhatian. Di pandangnya wajah lelah di depannya. Lalu, ia mulai bicara, "Di depan sana, ada sebuah taman. Jika kamu ingin jawaban dari pertanyaanmu, tangkaplah seekor kupu-kupu buatku. Mereka berpandangan. "Ya...tangkaplah seekor kupu-kupu buatku dengan tanganmu" sang Kakek mengulang kalimatnya lagi.

Perlahan pemuda itu bangkit. Langkahnya menuju satu arah, taman. Tak berapa lama, dijumpainya taman itu. Taman yang yang semarak dengan pohon dan bunga-bunga yang bermekaran. Tak heran, banyak kupu-kupu yang berterbangan disana. Sang kakek, melihat dari kejauhan, memperhatikan tingkah yang diperbuat pemuda yang sedang gelisah itu.

Anak muda itu mulai bergerak. Dengan mengendap-endap, ditujunya sebuah sasaran. Perlahan. Namun, Hap! sasaran itu luput. Di kejarnya kupu-kupu itu ke arah lain. Ia tak mau kehilangan buruan. Namun lagi-lagi. Hap!. Ia gagal. Ia mulai berlari tak beraturan. Diterjangnya sana-sini. Ditabraknya rerumputan dan tanaman untuk mendapatkan kupu-kupu itu. Diterobosnya semak dan perdu di sana. Gerakannya semakin liar.

Adegan itu terus berlangsung, namun belum ada satu kupu-kupu yang dapat ditangkap. Sang pemuda mulai kelelahan. Nafasnya memburu, dadanya bergerak naik-turun dengan cepat. Sampai akhirnya ada teriakan, "Hentikan dulu anak muda. Istirahatlah." Tampak sang Kakek yang berjalan perlahan. Ada sekumpulan kupu-kupu yang berterbangan di sisi kanan-kiri kakek itu. Mereka terbang berkeliling, sesekali hinggap di tubuh tua itu.

"Begitukah caramu mengejar kebahagiaan? Berlari dan menerjang? Menabrak-nabrak tak tentu arah, menerobos tanpa peduli apa yang kau rusak?" Sang Kakek menatap pemuda itu. "Nak, mencari kebahagiaan itu seperti menangkap kupu-kupu. Semakin kau terjang, semakin ia akan menghindar. Semakin kau buru, semakin pula ia pergi dari dirimu."

"Namun, tangkaplah kupu-kupu itu dalam hatimu. Karena kebahagiaan itu bukan benda yang dapat kau genggam, atau sesuatu yang dapat kau simpan. Carilah kebahagiaan itu dalam hatimu. Telusuri rasa itu dalam kalbumu. Ia tak akan lari kemana-mana. Bahkan, tanpa kau sadari kebahagiaan itu sering
datang sendiri."

Kakek Tua itu mengangkat tangannya. Hap, tiba-tiba, tampak seekor kupu-kupu yang hinggap di ujung jari. Terlihat kepak-kepak sayap kupu-kupu itu, memancarkan keindahan ciptaan Tuhan. Pesonanya begitu mengagumkan, kelopak sayap yang mengalun perlahan, layaknya kebahagiaan yang hadir dalam hati. Warnanya begitu indah, seindah kebahagiaan bagi mereka yang mampu menyelaminya.


Mencari kebahagiaan adalah layaknya menangkap kupu-kupu. Sulit, bagi mereka yang terlalu bernafsu, namun mudah, bagi mereka yang tahu apa yang merekacari. Kita mungkin dapat mencarinya dengan menerjang sana-sini,menabrak sana-sini, atau menerobos sana-sini untuk mendapatkannya. Kita dapat saja mengejarnya dengan berlari kencang, ke seluruh penjuru arah. Kita pun dapat meraihnya dengan bernafsu, seperti menangkap buruan yang dapat kita santap setelah mendapatkannya.

Namun kita belajar. Kita belajar bahwa kebahagiaan tak bisa di dapat dengan cara-cara seperti itu. Kita belajar bahwa bahagia bukanlah sesuatu yang dapat di genggam atau benda yang dapat disimpan. Bahagia adalah udara, dan kebahagiaan adalah aroma dari udara itu. Kita belajar bahwa bahagia itu memang ada dalam hati. Semakin kita mengejarnya, semakin pula kebahagiaan itu akan pergi dari kita. Semakin kita berusaha meraihnya, semakin pula kebahagiaan itu akan menjauh.

Cobalah temukan kebahagiaan itu dalam hatimu. Biarkanlah rasa itu menetap, dan abadi dalam hati kita. Temukanlah kebahagiaan itu alam setiap langkah yang kita lakukan. Dalam bekerja, dalam belajar, dalam menjalani hidup kita. Dalam sedih, dalam gembira, dalam sunyi dan dalam riuh. Temukanlah bahagia itu, dengan perlahan, dalam tenang, dalam ketulusan hati kita.

Kita percaya, bahagia itu ada dimana-mana. Rasa itu ada di sekitar kita. Bahkan mungkin, bahagia itu "hinggap" di hati kita, namun kita tak pernah memperdulikannya. Mungkin juga, bahagia itu berterbangan di sekeliling kita, namun kita terlalu acuh untuk menikmatinya.