Saturday, September 22, 2012
Monday, August 29, 2011
I think most Muslims is busy with cleaning and last minute shopping .
|Street vendor selling katupat casing along the street in Kuching.|
|People rushing for last minute shopping in Gambier Road in Kuching.|
I wish you all "Selamat Hari Raya".
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
One more piece of good NEWS today: Firefly Airline is increasing their frequencies to KLIA-KK and KLIA-KUCHING routes to a total of six flights a day and seven flights a day respectively! Check it out at fireflyz.com.my now.
Kuching is a cosmopolitan city,and this is reflected in the faces on the streets.Kuching is home from people from virtually all of Sarawak's 26-plus ethnic groups.Sarawak is a unique and enjoyable tourism destination,and Kuching is the ideal base from which to go exploring.This rich and varied cultural heritage also make Kuching a great place to visit.One of the Kuching Malay Culture is HADRAH.
The colourful attire and fashions worn by the people while performing hadrah. The performance of hadrah had indeed enlivened the celebration .
In the past,hadrah was only performs during weddings,but now it is performed in open and public events,to greet honoured guest.
In a Malay weeding ceremony hadrah is played as the background music.Hadrah is played by some young and old people and each player holds kompang.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Muslim in Sarawak today (15.02.2011) braved the rains to celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad in Kota Samarahan.Mor than 8000 peoples from various sector,organisation and school participated in a procession and gathering at Dewan Saurah field .The procession was led by the VVIP & VIP of Sarawak.
He say something here...1 Malaysia , 1 Ummah.
Friday, November 26, 2010
The India Street derives its name from the fact that it has always been a street occupied by the Indian Shops. Most of the Indians are from the southern and northern India. At first, it was called as the Kling Street in the 1850’s, but the Third White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke changed the name to India Street in 1928.
In 1992, the street was closed to vehicular traffic and converted into a pedestrian mall.
INDIAN MOSQUE LANE
A small passageway (locally known as “Lorong Sempit”) that connects India Street Pedestrian Mall and Gambier Road. A popular short-cut for shoppers who patronized the area. Built originally as the access to the Indian Mosque located between the Mall and Gambier Road. The doors and steps which marked the beginning of the passageway from the Mall side have been restored in their original state since early seventies.
Indian Mosque Lane is a narrow passageway locally known as "Lorong Sempit".This small lane lead to Gambier Road.The lane is so narrow that at section only one person can walk pass at anytime.
If you follow this passageway you'll pass a small Mosque hidden away in the middle of the city. The Mosque's structure has undergone many changes since it was originally built by Kuching's Indian Muslim community in the mid 19th century.
Outside view of Indian Mosque.
Photo Above - Masjid Bandar Kuching ( Masjid India - The Indian Mosque) is the oldest in Sarawak
The time for prayers is marked by the sounding of a drum, known locally as the ‘bedok’.(Photo Above) That drum has been in use for 50 over years.
The hidden history of Indian Mosque in Kuching.
Inconspicuously sandwiched between India Street Mall and Gambir Street, the mosque covered an area of 16,004 square feet.
The mosque was built in 1837 by Indian Muslims from southern India. The originally walls and roof was made of nipah palms. In 1876, belian wood planks replaced the nipah palms walls. The name was changed to Masjid Bandar Kuching in the 1960’s from its original name Masjid India (Masjid Tambi).
Other than the Indian Muslim community, at that time when there was no road transportation yet, the
Malay Muslims from the costal villages also come to the mosque to pray and rest when they come to trade in the city.
In those days when there were no roads to the costal, the villagers travel by boats and would berth their sampans by the river beside Gambir Street wet market and visit the mosque for prayers. Sometimes, they lodged in the mosque before returning to their villages. To this day, Masjid India provides shelter to tired travellers.
The time for prayers is marked by the sounding of a drum, known locally as the ‘bedok’. That drum has been in use for 50 over years.
Being in the heart of the city, it is a convenient place of worship for Muslims working in the area and shoppers On a Fridays, the congregation could swells to over 1,000 while on ordinary weekdays some 400 gather for prayers.
The mosque also started the first religious school in Sarawak back in 1940’s. The Madrasah Islamiah remains in operation.
A committee Lembaga Amanah Khairat administrates the Masjid India, and whatever funds collected will be used to maintain the mosque. Funds for maintaining the mosque come from rent collected from 23 neighbouring shops owned mainly by Indian Muslims who sold groceries, spices, cloth and books. Two Chinese shopkeepers also operate their businesses in the area. These family businesses have been handed down through the generations.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today, the ketupat casings can be bought in wet markets. Some stalls even sell cooked ketupat a day before the celebrations.
JANUR (Young Palm leave).
Preparing the ketupat started with the anyaman process when the janur were woven into casings. The casings were then filled with rice and boiled for a few hours.The brother & sister helping their parents process the janur to woven into ketupat casing.
Men, women, and children of the Muslim community are required to dress in their finest clothing to perform the Eid prayer.
All the above photos are from my 2009 collection.
Muslims all over the world are all set for the celebrations of the upcoming religious holiday of Eid-al-Adha and in Malaysia is on Wednesday November 17, 2010, which is also known as ‘The Celebration of SacrificeSacrifice'. The Greater Eid of Muslims, Eid-ul-Adha, marks the end of the Hajj, which the fifth pillar of Islam and the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
The festivities of Eid-al-Adha take place on the 10th of Dhul-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. The date of celebrating Eid-al-Adha is approximately after 2 Months and 10 Days of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The essence of celebrating Eid-ul-Adha is to commemorating the trials of Prophet Ibrahim, his wife Hajra and his son Ismael. After the sacrificing act of Prophet Ibrahim, it has become a tradition to slaughter livestock and feed the poor to mark the occasion.
However, the sacrificed animals on Eid-ul-Adha have to meet certain age and quality standards or else the animal is considered an unacceptable sacrifice. It is the tradition of Eid-al-Adha to distribute meat among the needy and poor people.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Photo captured with lumix LX3. (P&S)
Why do we admire scenes like this? What is it about the beauty of nature that causes men, women, and even babies to stand in amazement?
“General Revelation.” That is, God the Creator, has revealed aspects of His character and nature to all of mankind through His creation. When we look at this sunset, we realize that God is BEAUTIFUL and the source of all beauty!
Today Muslims throughout the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The first day of Syawal is known as Eid-ul-Fitr in some parts of the world and Hari Raya Puasa or Hari Raya Aidil Fitri in Malaysia.
There will be family gatherings and reunions in the days ahead during the month of Syawal.
Those who live and work in cities away from their hometowns often make the effort to return to the places where they were born or lived as children.
But many more such as the Malaysian who work overseas and our fellow soldiers will celebrate the dawn of Syawal alone, away from family and friends.
Let us spare a thought for them and resolve to show compassion for them as we enjoy the company of our loves ones and traditional delicacies specially prepared for the festivities.
SELAMAT HARI RAYA ,AIDIL FITRI.
MA'AF ZAHIR BATIN.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The last 10 nights of Ramadan is said to be the most auspicious nights for the month. It is mentioned in the holy Quran that angels would come down to earth on one of those night, praying together with those who pray late in the nights.
Another practice associated with the last days of Ramadan is that of putting up lights around the house. From the twenty-seventh day of the month up to the Hari Raya (Eid) festival, if you walk through any Malay village you will find the houses lighted up with oil lamps, or coloured electric lamp. The occasion is known as "Malam Tujuh Likur" but it is not of Islamic origin even though the lights are said to welcome the angels who visit earth during this period.
Nevertheless, these displays of lights are very attractive especially in the villages. It also set the mood for the Hari Raya festival which is just a few days away.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
All Malaysian Muslim are getting into a final one third stage of the holy month of Ramadan.In less then 10 days,they will celebrate Eidul Fitri or Hari Raya Puasa.
What would Hari Raya be without new clothes, new shoes, new bags and basically lots of new things?
Shoppers throng malls, bazaars and boutiques in search for the trendiest baju kurungs and kebayas (traditional Malay attire for women), latest tudung )(scarf) trends, fashionable shoes, sleekest baju melayu (traditional Malay attire for men) and so forth. There are some who opt for a family colour theme for Hari Raya each year, and will hunt for materials of the same colour. While some can make their own Hari Raya attire or send it to the tailors, others prefer to get it ready-made as it is easier and sometimes cheaper.
Spoilt for choices........
It’s not just about the shoes,kopiah or clothes; even Hari Raya delicacies are on sale along with the apparel.
Children wear etc.etc.........
Though it’s the fasting month, many shoppers don’t seem to feel the fatigue or tiredness when hunting for the best deals. While some opt to go shopping at night, after the breaking of fast, many would rather go during the day as there are more shops open and they can get the best bargains.
My advise....spend wisely.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Songkok..being display on the motor cycle seat.
I see only small crowd gathering here.
Very few selection of goods to shop here...this year 2010 & this the place they normally set up the temporary makeshift market.
What is the 'Hari Raya Bazaar'
The Hari Raya Bazaar is a temporary makeshift market filled with stalls that has a variety of goods that ranges from the Malay traditional clothing's.carpets,cakes ,songkok ,cakes and goodies etc and are enjoyed by the local community especially from the kampung.Every year they setup the bazaar at Indain Street Mall in old part of Kuching ,India Street.
I was suprise that no Hari Raya Bazaar set up this year and very few people to shop for coming Hari Raya which is fall maybe on this 10th of September or
maybe I should come back here again to see what happen by end of this month when most people get their paycheck .
Monday, August 16, 2010
Look around yourselves
Can't you see this wonder
Spreaded in front of you
The clouds floating by
The skies are clear and blue
Planets in the orbits
The moon and the sun.
Such perfect harmony
Lets start question in
Isn't this proof enough for
Or are we so blind
The push it all aside..
By Maher Zain.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
It's been fifth days. The month of the Quran, Ramadan, moves very quickly.
Ramadan is a month of fasting. In Ramadan we read Quran and learn different aspects of life. There are 30 days in Ramadan and Quran has 30 Suparah. Muslims easily recite all the Quran in 30 days of Ramadan and understand what it says then implement the teaching of Islam in their lives. Quran tells us the right way. Ramadan is a month when ALLAH showers his blessings on Muslims. ALLAH forgives Muslims and saves them from the fire of hell. Ramadan is a month when Muslims forget all things and worship ALLAH for his forgiveness and blessings. It is the month when Quran was revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad S.W...
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The food sale at Ramadan Bazaar..
Few hours before breaking fast..a lot of people stampede the bazaar......
The magical moment of Ramadan in Malaysia are those market stalls selling a variety of foods and some are only available during Ramadan. Seeing people of all races and religions shopping and buying these foods are images that will forever be etched in one's mind. Ramadan is also that time of the year where family members make an effort to be home for the breaking of fast and be together as a family to enjoy and share those wonderful spread. Ramadan brings the family closer. Of course eating in moderation and eating healthy foods are key to a longer, happier and prosperous family lives.However, in Malaysia, the month itself has been tainted with the extreme gluttony during the entire month of fasting. Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, I don’t mean I am good Muslim then any other Muslim brother but the gluttony among most Muslims in Malaysia can be seen in the Ramadan Bazaar. A few hours before breaking fast, a lot of people will stampede the bazaar in order to buy loads of food for the breaking fast.