Generally speaking, those who are superior in military strength and weapons usually have an advantageous posture. But this is not universal. Sometimes one who is inferior can also be in an advantageous posture if he makes use of the situation and all the advantageous that he has.

For instace, in Southern China, there is a small animal, a kind of leopard, which is the same size as a cat. It is much weaker in strength than a tiger, but it often attacks a tiger when it sees one. It is as nimble as a squirrel and usually lays in ambush in a tree, and suddenly jumps onto the back of the tiger, gets hold on the tiger’s tail, and uses its sharp paw to vigorously scratch the tiger’s anus. The tiger jumps and roars from the pain, but it is unable to reach the leopard cat. The only solution is for the tiger to roll on the ground, at which time the small animal flees rapidly.

 The kingfisher is a small bird 15 centimeters long with green feathers and a sharp beak like a nail. It usually flies over water. When it sees a fish, it draws its wings in and dashes into the water with all its force like an arrow. Sometimes it can catch fish bigger than itself. The action of a kingfisher fully  illustrates what Sun Tzu stated ‘the momentum is over-whelming and attack precisely timed’.

Sun Tzu’s Art of Warrior, page 126.

https://people.utm.my/hanita/2017/05/07/2959/

A good reminder to all of us.

Lebih baik meninggalkan dunia sebelum meninggal dunia.

Bersedekahlah sehingga kaya bukan sudah kaya baru nak bersedekah.

Beramallah sehingga ikhlas jangan pula menunggu ikhlas baru hendak beramal.

-IKIM FM, 23 April 2017-

https://people.utm.my/hanita/2017/04/23/2928/

Don’t be Judgemental …

This is the story about Khidr and Prophet Musa (Moses) a.s. taken from the Quran (verses 70-82, Al-Kahf).

70. He (Khidr) said, ‘ then if you follow me, ask me not about anything till I myself mention of it to you.’

71. So they both proceeded, till, when they embarked the ship, he scuttled it. Musa said, ‘have you scuttled it in order to drown its people? Verily, you have committed a thing Imr (a Munkar – evil, bad, dreadful thing)’

72. He (Khidr) said, ‘did i not tell you that you would not be able to have patience with me?’

73. Musa said, ‘call me no to account for what I forgot, and not hard upon me for my affair (with you)’

74. Then they both proceeded, till they met a boy, and he killed him. Musa said, ‘have you killed an innocent person who had killed none? Verily, you have committed a thing Nukr (a great Munkar – prohibited, evil, dreadful thing)

75. He said, ‘did I not tell you that you have no patience with me?’

76. Musa said, ‘if I ask you anything after this, keep me not in your company, you have received an excuse from.’

77. Then they both proceeded, till, when they came to the people of a town, they asked them for food, but they refused to entertain them. Then they found therein a wall about to collapse and he set it up straight. Musa said, ‘if you had wished, surely, you could have taken wages for it.’

78. He said, ‘this is the parting between me and you, I will tell you the interpretation of (those) things over which you were unable to hold patience.’

79. ‘As for the ship, it belonged to Masakin (poor people) working in the sea. So i wished to make a defective damage in it, as there was a king behind them who seized every ship by force.’

80. ‘And for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief.’

81. ‘So we intended that their Lord should change him for them for one better in righteouness and nearer to mercy.’

82. ‘And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town, and there was under it a treasure belonging to them, and their father was a righteous  man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strenght and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did them not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of those over which you could not hold patience.’

It is a nice story indeed, isn’t it? The most important is the lesson that we can learn from the story. As a human being, we can’t read one’s mind. Often, we don’t know the intentions that lie in one’s action, therefore, we should avoid being judgemental.

This is absolutely me, hehehe…. Proud of my kids.

fb_img_1454756929326

Argue Less and Silent More.

Learn to be less argumentative. Instead of arguing, remain silent. There’s wisdom in praying for someone who makes it difficult for you. (Mufti Ismail Menk FB; 12 March 2016).

The Leader in You – Dale Carnegie (1993)

1443867933124-1481903043

The leaders of tomorrow will have to establish a real vision and sense of values for the organisations they wish to lead. These leaders will have to communicate and motivate far more effectively than did leaders of the past. They will have to keep their wits about them through conditions of near-constant change. And these leaders will have to mind every ounce of talent and creativity that their organisations possess – from the shoop floor to the executive suite.

 

 

Dale Carnegie. 1993. The Leader in You. USA: Pocket Books. Pg 2