Tuesday, June 30, 2009

mistaken identity

bought and read another book, mistaken identity, a true story on Laura Van Ryn and Whitney Cerak: one buried under the wrong name, one in a coma and being cared for by the wrong family.

Susie Van ryn was taking care of the girl whom she thought her daughter, when she saw a nurse forcing her comatose daughter to sit on a chair. she was horrified as she thought the girl obviously needed to do nothing but lie and heal. then she realized the nurses and therapists were'nt being cruel, her daughter needed to get up and move for the healing process to begin. it might seemed cruel, but it was just necessary.

for the healing process to begin, we need to get up and move.

another quote i really like is: "Do not hang on to the things of this world too tightly. Life here is a vapor and there is an eternity ahead. "
So true. (it is actually based on a verse in the bible, "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal")

A very-very christian book, (tak sedar masa beli), but very inspirational. its because christians pun devoted sampai macam tu sekali, kenapa kita muslims tidak begitu?whitney cerak pun ada 'usrah' tau. whitney, when she feels guilty being the only one who survived the accident, dia mengambil ibrah, bahawa dia hidup, kerana dia masih ada big mission, dan tanggungjawab di bumi. dont we all? and family van ryn, bila dapat tahu bukan laura yg mereka jaga selama ni, and actually laura sudah mati, mereka sungguh tabah, dan yakin, God has plans.

i am not trying to menjadikan apa yang salah itu betul, no, alquranlah sebaik-baik sumber, sirah Rasulnya dan sahabat sebaik-baik tauladan. but truly, ia sangat mengetuk hati. the book is kinda expensive, i thought i would read and return(get refund for my purchase=D), but then no, i want to keep this book.oh and ehem, my exam has not been postponed. hehe. yes, okay, back to studying.


  1. Interesting book.

    Of course, a lot of Christians are nice, devoted people, and some are righteous. You're talking about sirah there, so do you remember Najashi, the Christian King who sheltered the Muslims?


    Our polarized view about Christian comes mainly after colonization, the crusades, and the fall of Ummayad Spain. When Amr ibn Al-As conquered Egypt, they were predominantly Coptic Christian (Btw, Coptics are monophysite, meaning they believe in one God).

    For a long time (hundred of years, I can't remember the figure now) it remained as majority Christian as the Umayyad and early Abbasid empire consider Egypt as just periphery state - conversion happens slowly and migration was scares.

    In this world where secularism and atheism are popular, baik ada agama dari tak ada langsung kot. Of course aqidah yg benar kene dipertahankan, ttp respect masih boleh ada wpun kita berlainan pandangan dalam beberapa isu. Verses ttg ahlul kitab pon banyak dlm Qur'an.


  2. atiqahmohammadkhuzainiJuly 1, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    speaking abt this, well, kewujudan ahlulkitab skrg pun didebatkan. but i do agree baik ada agama dari takde. and true, some are VERY righteous.

    cuma aku till now confuse dgn term auliya', Allah banyak suruh jgn jadikan nasrani ngn yahudi auliya'. in translations, there are varieties of meaning, dari kawan kekasih ally etc. but i guess the rootword explains it all.

    coptism-wow i nvr knew there are christians who believe in monotheism. i thought being a christian in the 1st place means u take jesus as god.tp mcm pelik sbb in wikipedia they catagorize coptism as orthodox.

  3. Honestly I don't really know about the details of Christian's theology. I'm sure that they were monophysite, because they were ambivalent towards the byzantine rome at that time - the roman were dyphisite. As for they are actually/become orthodox bla3, I don't know, I might have missconception abt it myself.

    I think ppl who preach we can't befriend yahudi and nasrani and give their own interpretation should firstly not be in dar al-kuffar let alone study here. I guess it's ok if you're at saudi or pakistan.

    Secondly, how do they reconcile with this verse?
    This verse uses the term "mawaddah"

    It may be that Allah will make friendly relation between you and those whom ye (now) hold as enemies. For Allah has power (over all things); And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just. Allah only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support (others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turn to them (in these circumstances), that do wrong.

    [Qur'an 60:7-9]

    Thirdly, how can it be permissible to marry jew and christian women? You can open fiqh book of maliki, hanbali, etc. Regarding this, they don't say oo you can only marry these jew/christian women only during prophetic time, but nowadays they are no longer existing ahlul kitab, so the rule is invalid.

    No, the ruling still hold according to the majority of opinion, yes you can marry them. There is never a dispute that now it's different bla3. The only criterion is they are "truly a believing Christian or Jew", not just Jew or Christian by name. But not jew and christian who pratice some kind of tulen version that no longer exists or whatever.