Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu is the largest city in the state of Terengganu. As it is famous for the home of the annual Monsoon Cup sailing event, it has been well known as the centre for the best batik fabrics and clothings in Malaysia.  Delightful patterns of batik creations are available at the waterfront shopping arcades and other shops close by waterfront. For many years the most talked-about shopping place, the Pasar Payang  has thus far the most reachable place to shop for batik fabrics in the city, The addition of a new complex featuring traditional craftsmanship has  further enhanced the water front as a centre of tourist attraction, thus bringing tourists nearer to the batik industry in this east coast state,  A very recent activity, albeit not well publicised, has conspicuously become observable within the river by the water front.  Nonetheless, such activity may as well be understood as further efforts made by the authorities to beautify the city, and consequently boasts tourism in the state.

A new batik shopping arcade

 Dates palms fill the landscape.

A scene of the water front  in 2012 

A scene of the same spot in 2013 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Amazing Feats of Birds

Three amazing feats of birds are described in the Al-Quran. These feats are glorification of their Creator, communication using specific languages, and the facility of flight, staying afloat and gliding. Tafseer or expanded explanation of the various verses, insya Allah (God willing), will be posted later on.

Birds glorify Allah

Surah An-Nuur 24:41

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Seest thou not that it is Allah Whose praises all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds (of the air) with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And Allah knows well all that they do. (Yusof Ali's Translation)

Are you not aware that it is God whose limitless glory all creatures that are in the heavens and earth extol, even the birds as they spread out their wings? Each of them knows how to pray to Him and to glorify Him; and God has full knowledge of  all that they do. (In The Shades of Al-Quran)

Do you not see that Allah is exalted by whomever is within the heavens and the earth and [by] the birds with wings spread [in flight]? Each [of them] has known his [means of] prayer and exalting [Him], and Allah is Knowing of what they do. (Sahih International)

Surah Saba' 34:10

We bestowed Grace aforetime on David from ourselves: "O ye Mountains! Sing ye back the Praises of Allah with him! and ye birds (also)! And We made the iron soft for him;- (Yusof Ali's Translation)

We graced David with Our favour. We said: “You mountains, sing with him God’s praises! And likewise you birds!” We caused iron to become soft for him, (In The Shades of Al-Quran)

And We certainly gave David from Us bounty. [We said], "O mountains, repeat [Our] praises with him, and the birds [as well]." And We made pliable for him iron, (Sahih International)

Birds Communicate Using Their Own Langguages

Surah An-Naml 27:16

And Solomon was David's heir. He said: "O ye people! We have been taught the speech of birds, and on us has been bestowed (a little) of all things: this is indeed Grace manifest (from Allah.)" (Yusof Ali's Translation)

Solomon inherited David. He said: ‘O people! We have been taught the speech of birds, and have been given of all good things. This is indeed a manifest favour [from God].’ (In The Shades of Al-Quran)

And Solomon inherited David. He said, "O people, we have been taught the language of birds, and we have been given from all things. Indeed, this is evident bounty." (Sahih International)

What makes birds afloat in the air?

Surah Al-Nahl 16:79

Do they not look at the birds, held poised in the midst of (the air and) the sky? Nothing holds them up but the power of) Allah. Verily in this are signs for those who believe. (Yusof Ali's Translation)

Do they not see the birds and how they are enabled to fly in mid-air? None but God holds them aloft. In this here are signs for people who will believe. (In The Shades of Al-Quran)

Do they not see the birds controlled in the atmosphere of the sky? None holds them up except Allah. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe. (Sahih International)

Surah Al-Mulk 67:19

Do they not observe the birds above them, spreading their wings and folding them in? None can uphold them except ((Allah)) Most Gracious: Truly ((Allah)) Most Gracious: Truly it is He that watches over all things. (Yusof Ali's Translation)

Do they not see the birds above them, spreading their wings and drawing them in? None but the Lord of Grace holds them up. He sees everything (In The Shades of Al-Quran)

Do they not see the birds above them with wings outspread and [sometimes] folded in? None holds them [aloft] except the Most Merciful. Indeed He is, of all things, Seeing.(Sahih International)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


The genus Epipremnum (Family Araceae) has 10 described species. The plant is a vine and always found climbing onto tree stems, rocks and walls. They are mainly used for decorative purposes internally for houses and offices, and externally to beautify landscape. The species can differ in term of leaf size and leaf shape. The most obvious leaf shape variation is the occurrence of lobed and entire leaves. Another notable variation is the leaf colour which differ in term of the present/absence and amount of yellow patches that form mosaic on the green background.

The two pictures below show two type of Epipremnum plants. Both the plants have similar characters except for the width/length ration of the leaves. Leaf is simple and its margin is entire, i.e. even and smooth throughout. Shape is falcate (hooked or sickle shaped); ratio of width over length is about 0.33 for the first and about 0.5 for the second; venation is pinnate. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Morning Brightness

This picture was taken from a boat at the Marang Fish Port, , Terengganu

Surah Al-Duhaa (The Morning Brightness)

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By the morning brightness (Sahih International)
By the bright morning hours, (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

And [by] the night when it covers with darkness, (Sahih International)
and the night when it grows still and dark, (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

Sahih International
Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you].(Sahih International)
your Lord has neither forsaken you, nor does He hate you. (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life]. (Sahih International)
Surely the life to come will be better for you than this present life. (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

And your Lord is going to give you, and you will be satisfied. (Sahih International)
And, certainly, in time your Lord will be bounteous to you and you will be well pleased. (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

Did He not find you an orphan and give [you] refuge?(Sahih International)
Has He not found you an orphan and given you a shelter? (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

And He found you lost and guided [you], (Sahih International)
And found you in error, and guided you? (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

And He found you poor and made [you] self-sufficient. (Sahih International)
And found you poor and enriched you? (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

So as for the orphan, do not oppress [him].(Sahih International)
Therefore do not wrong the orphan, (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

And as for the petitioner, do not repel [him]. (Sahih International)
nor chide away the beggar, (In The Shade of Al-Quran)

But as for the favor of your Lord, report [it]. (Sahih International)
but speak of your Lord’s favours. (In The Shade of Al-Quran)


"Several accounts mention that the revelation of the Qur’ān to the Prophet came, at one stage, to a halt and that the angel Gabriel stopped coming to him for a while. The unbelievers therefore said, “Muĥammad’s Lord has bidden him farewell!”  The sūrah was revealed to counter what had been said by the unbelievers. It is dedicated in its entirety to the Prophet (peace be upon him). It is a message from his Lord which touches his heart with pleasure, joy, tranquillity and contentment. All-in-all, it proffers mercy and compassion to his restless soul and suffering heart." (Qoated from: In the Shade of Al-Quran).