Obama, please borrow your dream for Old Burma

Burmanized part of the article ‘I have a dream’ by Sim Kwang Yang | Aug 30, 08 from Malaysiakini

In the past week, numerous orators in the American Democratic Convention have made reference to the fact that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the “I have a dream” speech made by Martin Luther King. Meanwhile, they proceeded to nominate an African-American to be a presidential candidate for the first time in their history. 

bill hilarry clinton campaign 061007 obamaIt must be noted that King’s dream is

  • not a dream only for Afro-American dream;
  • it was meant to be the reformulation of the American dream.

Barrack Osama’s (Correction : should be Obama) campaign is run entirely on

  • an appeal towards reviving
  • and reinventing this American dream,
  • rather than succumbing again to Bush’s past campaign of xenophobic fear.

Back in Burma, we have Burmese dreams, Burmese Muslims’ dreams, Burmese Chinese dreams, Shan, Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Karen, Rohingya and Ethnic Minorities’ dreams. We have as many dreams as there are ethnic communities, thanks to the 60 years of race based politics. So where is the one Myanmar / Burma dream to unite and define our polyglot citizens into one proud people.

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Merdeka logo has Taiwanese inspiration

Merdeka logo has Taiwanese inspiration

copy taiwan logo and merdeka 51st celebration logo fiasco 280808 05The 51st national day logo competition winner Anuar Dan has conceded that his creation was ‘inspired’ by a logo used by the Taiwanese government for its trade awards.

“It was used as a reference during my research,” said Anuar when contacted by Malaysiakini.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini was notified by a reader that Anuar’s creation bore a strong resemblance to the Taiwan Excellence Award logo – used by the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) for several years already.  Anuar, 48, has been an artist for 25 years and was a former officer in the National Art Gallery.

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The 1400 Year History of Taraweeh Salaah

Amongst the special Ibaadah of the month of Ramadhaan are the fasts and the Taraweeh salaah. The information below will be dedicated to the history of the number of Rakaahs of Taraweeh that have always been performed in the two holy Harams.

The Taraweeh Salaah During the Time of Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

Saheeh Muslim reports a hadith from Hadhrat Aaisha (رضى الله عنها) that when (during Ramadhaan) Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) once performed the Taraweeh salaah in the Masjidun Nabawi, the Sahabah رضى الله تعالى عنهم followed him in the salaah. When Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) again performed the salaah the following night, an even larger congregation followed him. It was then either on the third or fourth night that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) did not come to the Masjid for the Taraweeh salaah. Explaining his reason the following morning, Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to the Sahabah رضى الله تعالى عنهم, “I noticed your fervour and did not come to the Masjid to perform the Salaah fearing that this Taraweeh salaah should become compulsory for you.” 1

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Aqidah and Five Pillars of Islam


Five Pillars of Islam



Shahādah – Profession of faith
Salah – Prayer
Zakâh – Paying of alms (giving to the poor)
Sawm – Fasting during Ramadan
Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca
Six articles of belief
Tawhīd – Oneness
Nabi and Rusul – Prophets and Messengers
Kutub – Divinely Revealed Books.
Malā’ikah – Angels
Qiyâmah – Judgment Day
Qadr (Predestination)
Shi’a Twelver
Principles of the Religion (Usul al-Din)
Tawhīd – Oneness
Adalah – Justice
Nubuwwah – Prophethood
Imamah – Leadership
Qiyâmah – Judgment Day
Shi’a Twelver
Practices of the Religion (Furu al-Din)
Salah – Prayer
Sawm – Fasting during Ramadan
Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca
Zakâh – Poor-rate
Khums – One-fifth tax
Jihad – Struggle
Amr-Bil-Ma’rūf – Commanding good
Nahi-Anil-Munkar – Forbidding evil
Tawalla – Loving the Ahl al-Bayt
Tabarra – Disassociating Ahl al-Bayt‘s enemies
Shi’a Ismaili 7 pillars
Walayah – Guardianship
Taharah – Purity & cleanliness
Salah – Prayers
Zakâh – Purifying religious dues
Sawm – Fasting during Ramadan
Hajj – Pilgrimage to Mecca
Jihad – Struggle
Kharijite Sixth Pillar of Islam.

Salah or Ṣalat or Namāz

Salah or Ṣalat or Namāz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Ṣalat (ArabicصلاةQur’anic Arabicصلوة, pl. ṣalawah) (also munz in Pashto and namāz نماز inPersianBengaliUrdu and Turkish) is the ritual prayer practiced by Muslims in supplication to Allah, God. Salat, or salaah, is performed five times day, at sunrise (Fajr), noon (Dhuhr), evening (Asr), sunset (Maghrib) and nightfall (Isha’a). Salaah is obligatory for all Muslims once they have reached puberty.

“As-salat” is one of the Five Pillars of Islam in Sunni Islam and one of the ten Practices of the Religion in Shia Islam.

In central and South Asian languages such as PersianUrduHindiBengaliAlbanian language,South Slavic languages such as the Bosnian languageNašinskiMacedonian language and Turkic languages it is called namāz (نماز) from the Indo-European root meaning ‘to bow or prostrate’.

The person performing As-salat is a musallī (مصلى), while the traditional prayer mat on which prayer is performed is a musalla.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Zakaat (Arabicزكاة‎ IPA: [zækæːh]zakaat or zakāh, has the implied meaning of ‘grow’, ‘purify’, or ‘foster’).

It is often compared to the system of tithing and alms but unlike these older systems, it serves principally as the welfare contribution to poor and deprived people in the Muslim lands, although others may have a rightful share. It is the duty of the state not just to collect it; but to distribute it fairly as well.

Zakat is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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Fasting or Sawm or Rozah or Puasa

Fasting or Sawm

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaSawm (Arabic: صوم) is an Arabic word for fasting regulated by Islamic jurisprudence. In the terminology of Islamic law, Sawm means ‘to abstain from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse.[1] The observance of sawm during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, but is not confined to that month.

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Are you Ready for Ramadan?

It’s Time to Remove the Blinders; Preparing For Ramadan!

By Author’s Name Withheld(from Islamonline.net)

Every day, as we go through the same old routine of life, getting up, praying, going to work, dealing with people, going home, sleeping, etc, how easy is it for us to walk with blinders on our eyes?


I thought of this the other day when I was scolded by someone about a thing that I see him or her doing all the time. I thought that I should make them aware of their actions and how it wasn’t in line with their speech. Allah says in the Qur’an, “Oh you who believe, why do you say that which you do not do? Most hated is it in the Sight of Allah that you say that which you do not do!”

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The Essence of Ramadan

By Dr. Jamal Badawi
Muslim Intellectual — Canada(from Islamonline.net)

Like other Islamic injunctions, the benefits of Ramadan are not limited to either “spiritual” or “temporal” elements of life. In Islam, the spiritual, social, economic, political and psychological intermingle in a consistent and cohesive whole. For convenience of presentation, the significance of fasting is discussed under four subheadings; spiritual and moral, psychological, social, and physical and medical.

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Ramadan Mubarak!


Irrawaddy:NLD Criticizes Gambari


Friday , August 29,2008

Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has slammed UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari’s mission to Burma as a failure.
In a public statement released on Friday, the NLD said that although Gambari came to Burma representing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the mission had been unsuccessful.

The statement said that, during his most recent trip, the UN envoy met mostly with people who were chosen by the ruling junta.

“Mr Gambari has made six visits to Burma, but nothing has happened. We consider it a waste of time,” NLD spokesman Win Naing told The Irrawaddy on Friday.

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Irrawaddy:Soldiers Still Watch Suu Kyi


Friday,August 29,2008

Although the Burmese generals don’t want military personnel to show interest in domestic politics, detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s surprise snub of the UN special envoy last week has become a popular talking point among soldiers and officers in Burma, according to several military sources. 

“We are interested to know why Suu Kyi did not meet Gambari,” said an officer based in Naypyidaw military region command who declined to be identified for security reasons.

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