Monday, December 29, 2008
Assalamualaikum. Salam Maal Hijrah 1430 Hj to all Muslimin and Muslimat. Yesterday went to Masjid Darul Makmur for the occasion. Started at 1745 hr with Zikir and Istighfar followed by a syarahan
"Muhasabah Sempena Tahun Baru" by Ustaz Fatris Bakaram who is also the Deputy Mufti of Singapore. I was really touched on how down to earth he is being someone great. The way he speaks, the way he carry himself is really admirable. While waiting for the adzan
, we recite Doa Akhir Tahun later Istighfar. Then we performed solat Maghrib then followed with bacaan
Doa Tahun Baru. Ended at around 2130 hr with supper of Nasi Briyani and other dishes. I was lucky to be on leave yesterday enabling me to attend the occasion. Alhamdulillah.
Anyway, on the previous night duty, I attended this call with call text, "A German Shepherd bite both my maid and my dog. Both are bleeding" Hmmm... So how it all happened. This maid of the caller went to walk her dog, by chance a cute Dalmatian. On a personal note, it was my first time seeing a real Dalmatian. It really reminded me of my childhood - 101 Dalmations remember? Indeed it was very pretty and obedient, trying to sniff me and all. At the same time, another maid was walking her dog too, a German Shepherd without a muffle. Now I know, that there is a rule that certain breed of dogs need to be muffled whenever they are out of the house. poor Dalmatian and the maid, was bitten by the German Shepherd. More heart-wrenching, the Dalmatian was deaf. It was adopted by the caller few weeks before that and was about to put to sleep because it was deaf.
Huh? Just because it is deaf, it gives you the right to take its life? Gosh, human being! We treated the disabled human beings nicely as taught since young by our parents, teachers and the media but what about disabled animals? When the mad cow disease happened, many cows were killed. Later the pig disease, thousands of pigs were killed. Then, the pandemic Bird Flu came, thousands of birds lost their lives... When it is associated to animals, we PEOPLE can easily kill them having an alibi that the disease they are carrying are contagious, but what happen when diseases which are human-borne start to kill people rampantly. Do we kill the affected ones just like we do it to the animals so that it wont be passed to other people? Like AIDs, SARs, TBs and all. We talk too much about being passionate with one another, as we are blessed with something called LIFE. But what about those animals? Aren't they blessed too? They have a guaranteed place in the heaven! Even if they need to be put away, do it nicely, not like just bury them alive. Few years ago, on the news, it showed piglets being pushed into a big hole and later burried. Mankind? Modernisation is eating into it much lately. We need a BIG if not HUGE self-reflection!