Victory: Surah Al-Fath

Yesterday, I had a religion class at my surau in SS18 and the imam taught us about Surah Al-Fath (meaning “Victory”). Let me give some summary here. I think it is a good idea in this bright Monday morning I share a motivational post for us to start our day, especially to muslim friends.

It is a 48th surah of the Holy Quran in order. Al-Fath takes its name from the word Fath meaning “Victory”. The surah was revealed in Medina, Saudi Arabia on Muhammad (peace be upon him), which occurs several times, and refers, not to the conquest of Mecca but to the truce of Al-Hudaibiyah, which, though at the time it seemed a setback to the Muslims, proved in fact the greatest victory for Al-Islam.

Now I would like you to listen to this beautiful recital of this surah by Ibrahim Aljibreen

The Full text translation of Surah Al-Fath is here.Since this surah is for victory, all muslims are encourage to recite this surah every day after dawn prayer to seek baraqah or blessings from All Mighty ALLAH. Preferably before you observe your Ish’raq prayer at about 7:10am and of course before you go out to work.

“Kampung Boy” heads for Germany

It is not about Euro2008 semifinal between Germany and Turkey, but it is about a local book, Lat’s Kampung Boy (will be known as Ein Frechdachs Auf Malaysia in Germany), a favourite of millions of readers in Southeast Asia, will hit Germany in October 2008 during the Frankfurt book fair.

The illustrated book by Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, better known as Lat, will be translated into German and sold at Euro9.90 (RM50.95).

Yesterday, publishing company Horlemann Verlag signed a contract with Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia (ITNM) to publish the book in German. They willl also market the book.

Kampung Boy is about a Malay boy growing up in a village in the 1950s. The book was written over 30 years ago and has been translated into Portuguese, Japanese, French and English.

“I never expected the book to go so far. I just did it for Malaysians and the tourists,” said Lat.

So it is not impossible for local writers to succeed internationally. “Malaysia Boleh” to Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, better known as Lat.

To my German friends here is the news all about,

Es ist nicht über die Euro2008 Vorschlussrunde zwischen Deutschland und der Türkei, aber es ist über ein lokales Buch, der Kampung Junge von Lat (wird als Ein Frechdachs Auf Malaysia in Deutschland bekannt), ein Liebling von Millionen von Lesern in Südostasien, wird Deutschland im Oktober 2008 während der Frankfurter Buchmesse schlagen.

Das illustrierte Buch durch Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, besser bekannt als Lat, wird ins Deutsche übersetzt und an Euro9.90 (RM50.95) verkauft.

Gestern unterzeichnete Verlag Horlemann Verlag einen Vertrag mit Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia (ITNM), um das Buch auf Deutsch zu veröffentlichen. Sie willl bringen auch das Buch auf den Markt.

Kampung-Junge ist über einen malaiischen Jungen, der in einem Dorf in den 1950er Jahren aufwächst. Das Buch wurde vor mehr als 30 Jahren geschrieben und ist ins Portugiesische, Japanische, Französische und Englisches übersetzt worden.

“Ich nahm nie an, dass das Buch bis jetzt ging. Ich tat es gerade für Malaysier und die Touristen,” sagte Lat.

So ist das für lokale Schriftsteller nicht unmöglich, international erfolgreich zu sein. “Malaysia Boleh” Datuk Mohd Nor Khalid, besser bekannt als Lat.

Atomic Blogging Video

Guys, it has been so long I did not tell you about Atomic Blogging. Recently I received an email from Alvin saying that there is a new video pertaining to Atomic Blogging. For the past one year Atomic Blogging has help me in my blogging activities until this blog has received a rating as on the right side bar. This is consider great, because I am not a full time blogger and am doing this part-time and I have 2 blogs to monitor. It is not me alone, who are experiencing this with Atomic Blogging but to others too.

Here’s What Others Got To Say About It

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Now I am integrating more offers into the blog to monetize it and testing methods of improving my subscriber base. Thanks Alvin!”

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Now view this video for better understanding on how Atomic Blogging could help you in your blogging activities.


Successful Mission: eBay is a goldmine

Who said one could not make a living online? Today on NST Tech & U it is a proven Successful Mission to all Malaysian with the headline “Mine The Online Goldmine” with eBay.

From antiques and art, to books and consumer electronics, and everything in between, there are plenty to sell on eBay. With over 82 million users worldwide and a global presence in close to 40 markets, the online marketplace is a goldmine for those with an entrepreneurial spirit.

According to Carol Fung, a four-figure income monthly with her business on eBay, says, “Make eBay your business ally”.

The administrative assistant by day and eBay PowerSeller by night started her love affair with the online marketplace three years ago in the United Kingdom when she was on the hunt for sewing and handicraft supplies on the Internet. After some research, she realised that there was an acute shortage of such suppliers online, despite the growing demand.

That’s when she started selling small quantities of handicraft supplies such as ribbons, laces and threads on eBay. These items were sourced locally and then sold on the online marketplace. “Selling on eBay is easy and extremely rewarding. It only takes a laptop, an Internet connection and some photo-taking skills to run my business. After I made a decision to sell handicraft and sewing supplies, it took me only six months to become a Bronze PowerSeller, making more than US$1,000 (RM3,300) per month,” she says.

PowerSeller benchmark
PowerSellers are exemplary members who are held to the highest standards of professionalism, according to eBay.

When buyers see the PowerSeller icon next to a seller’s user ID, they know that they are working with an experienced, well-liked eBay seller.

To qualify as a PowerSeller, you must . . . .

  • Uphold the eBay community values, including honesty, timeliness and mutual respect;
  • Achieve a minimum average of US$1,000 (RM3,300) in sales per month for three consecutive months;
  • Achieve an overall feedback rating of 100, of which 98 per cent or more is positive (from July 2008, members also need to achieve a score of 4.5 or more across all detailed seller ratings);
  • Have been an active member for 90 days;
  • Have an account in good financial standing;
  • Not violate any severe policies in a 60-day period;
  • Not violate three or more of any eBay policies in a 60-day period; and
  • Maintain a minimum of four average monthly listings for the past three months.

Yazmin Aliasak is living every working mother’s dream with eBay and she says that it is a striking work and family balance.

The 26-year-old works from home and spends a good dose of quality time with her kids, all made possible by becoming a full-time eBay entrepreneur.

“It all started some two years ago when I had a conversation with a friend. She was telling me how she was making money on eBay by selling prepaid mobile phone credit. I thought to myself, if one can sell that, then anything is possible,” she recalls.

So, Yazmin started her eBay endeavour by selling her husband’s unwanted clothing. Encouraged by the positive results, she left her corporate job as corporate affairs executive with Telekom Malaysia, a telecommunication company, and focused on using eBay as her primary source of income. She discovered that the online marketplace was a good platform for selling to a large international customer base. Apart from better profit margins, she realised that the bigger market was more receptive towards the wares she peddled.

“I ventured into books, but I found the margins to be pretty low. I have since added collectibles to my listings and these have proven to be popular, especially with international buyers,” she says.

Yazmin spends an average of one to two hours a day on eBay when her kids are asleep, and three days per week to respond to customers’ queries and pack her products for shipment.

“I am putting 100 per cent of my efforts into my eBay business as it gives me flexibility in work hours and a sizeable income. I urge all women to give eBay a try and see for themselves how eBay can make a difference in their lives,” she suggests.

Note: Read about Yazmin in Malay language with this title head, “Tauke buku terpakai” and she has become eBay Power Sellers.

Successful Mission: What is the secret of Turkey’s success?

Wow! fantastic, bravo, unbelievable, miracles, you name it. Did you see the match? Euro2008 quarterfinal match between Croatia and Turkey. No doubt it was shown live in Malaysia at the wee hours, 2:45am, but my eyes are glued to the screen due the lively game.

So the question is, What is the secret of Turkey’s success?

What interest me is the spirit shown by the Turks. It is simply unbelievable. If you saw the game, don’t you think so? Certainly all the turks players have a mission statement before the match. This is a superb example of the Successful Mission shown on the playing field.

Even the Croats coach, Slaven Bilic, admitted there was “something special” about the Turkish side after their thrilling win at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Friday night. Turkey’s run to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2008™ has been sensational but what is the secret of their success – and can they reproduce it against Germany in Basel next Wednesday? Guys, please do not miss this game. It’s going to be sensation.

This is what being written about them at euro2008 website.

Crowning glory
Then the crowning glory against Croatia – Semih Senturk driving in via a deflection in the last second of extra time to force penalties. It was Turkey’s first shoot-out at a major tournament but they looked like old hands as Arda, Semih and Hamit Altintop scored before Rustu Recber saved from Mladen Petric to spark the celebrations. Having got this far, Turkey now face the might of Germany with Emre As?k, Tuncay Sanl?, Volkan Demirel and Arda all suspended in addition to injuries to Emre Gungor, Servet Cetin, Emre Belozoglu and Tumer Metin. Terim said in his post-match news conference there should be no limits to his team’s success but can they overcome Germany to reach the final? And what is the secret behind Turkey’s success? Click below to let us know your thoughts

sevit18 – 21/06/2008 17:07
It’s not just the team spirit or luck that helps us to win, prayers for our national team take an important place in the victory as well. We did great and I hope it will continue against the German team too. TURKEY our hearts and prayers are with you. Go on to roar!!!

hifz – 21/06/2008 17:20
They are doing miracles and I’m loving it. I believe if their suspensions weren’t the issue, they could even outrun GERMANY!!!!!!! But I guess still they can get it with their counter attacks…….and pray for NIHAT back!!!!!!!!!!

SKizilgul – 21/06/2008 16:58
Answer is concentration, limited time always lets you focus on the matter, and for the same reason (lack of concentration) at the other team, Croatians were just waiting for the game to end then probably were planning where to celebrate – they were not focused on keeping ball … But Germans did a good job against Portugal, and probably will not allow this to happen for the fourth time in a row, GO TURKIYE

berge7 – 21/06/2008 16:51
The secret is easy , it is summarized in just 4 letters LUCK ,and pure luck . The Turkish fans are proud of themselves that they fight to the last minute, and to that I do not argue one bit. I agree 100%. But fighting to the last minute, although a courageous trait , doesn’t always win you matches. Why hasn’t Turkey not once led the game from the start? Why can’t they be leading a team from the beginning of the game? Having the fighting spirit is essential in any game and the Turks have a lot in that department. But sometimes no matter what you do, you need to have lady luck on your side. In the last 3 matches of Turkey, lady luck was sitting in the Turkish tribunes.

DELTAMEGA – 21/06/2008 16:34
The thing is simple what you do against them they can do it better than you. The main idea is they got the most brilliant players like any great team. All the goals they scored are not just lucky goals they are very very good goals and these goals are not even easy to score for the world’s greatest strikers like Ronaldo and others. If the opponents defend good against them they defend even better. If the opponents try to have ball possession they show them even more ball possession. If the opponent team try to attack, they show more attacking game than the opponent. The final thing is that they take the game as a challenge.

So guys, what are your comments. Kindly share with me here. This Euro2008 is getting very interesting at this stage.

Before that view this thriller and miracles . . . .

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