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.

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While responding to a friend’s message, I stumbled upon the word backwards, I am used to say moving backwards, but why with an ‘s’. So, I searched the word on google and this is what I got.

-Both backward and backwards are correct, but most sources say that when you’re using the word as an adverb, backward is standard in American English and backwards is standard in British English.-

To read more go to

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/backward-versus-backwards

The power of Networking

The richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work

– Robert Kiyosaki –

More business decisions occur over lunch and dinner than any other time, yet no MBA courses are given on the subject

– Peter Drucker –

The two quotes above remind me of my classmate, who became a successful businessman. He often posted his photos playing golf, having lunch and dinner with VIPs. It looked like his daily routine was socialising and entertaining clients. Above all, from the photos he posted, he seemed to have fun with his job besides being rich.

The trick in life is to do things that are fun all the time

– Warren Buffett –

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Verses taken from Surah Al-Fatir, which means the originator of creation.

9. And it is Allah Who sends the winds, so that they raise up the clouds, and We drive them to a dead land, and revive therewith the earth after its death. As such (will be) the resurrection!

11. And Allah did create you (Adam) from dust, then from Nutfah (male and female discharge semen drops i.e. Adam’s offspring), then He made you pairs. And no female conceives or gives birth but with His knowledge. And no aged man is granted a length of life nor is a part cut off from his life (or another man’s life), but is in a Book. Surely, there is easy for Allah.

12. And two seas are not alike: this is fresh sweet and pleasant to drink, and that is salt and bitter. And from them both you ear fresh tender meat (fish), and derive the ornaments that you wear. And you see the ships cleaving (the sea water as they sail through it), that you may seek of His bounty, and that you may give thanks.

13. He merges the night into the day (i.e. the decrease in the hours of the day), and He merges the day into the night (i.e. the decrease in the hours of the day is added to the hours of the night). And He has subjected the sun and the moon: each runs its course for a term appointed. Such is Allah, your Lord: His is the kingdom. And those, whom you invoke or call upon instead of Him, own not even a Qitmir (the thin membrane over the date-stone).

The beauty of this surah is the knowledge that we can learn from it. Bear in mind, the Quran was revealed more than 1400 years ago and no one had such great knowldege at that time. Doesn’t this prove that Al-Quran is the Word of God?

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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-

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.

Rotten Leadership

While having a late evening chat with my colleagues, we came to a conclusion on two types of leadership.  Do not know how true it is, BUT, it is surely worth noted.

Type 1:  Leaders who work hard and struggle for their self-interests.  They have a long term goal for their own achievements but sadly not for the organisation that they lead.  Leaders of this type are rotten leaders.

A must read post, ‘The Smell of a Rotten Leader’, by Jonathan Whistman

The Smell of a Rotten Leader

Type 2: Leaders who really strive for the organisation that they lead.  They have a long term goal and work at their very best for the benefits of their organisation.  The organisation, people, workers, employees are above their own interests.  In what ever they do, it is not about themselves but the organisation.  Leaders of this type are true leaders.

I would like to re-post a quote, by Mufti Ismail Menk, that I have posted earlier for leaders to ponder.

Give without expecting anything in return. That’s the beauty of your heart. It’s ok if people don’t see that. The Almighty keeps count!

-Mufti Ismail Menk, 2017, 15 January.