Monday, April 18, 2011

Sheikh Imran cetus kontroversi? Malaysia Lecture Tour


Saya berkesempatan bersama Sheikh Imran di Cape Town selama seminggu bulan Mac lalu.

Sh. Imran Hosein Malaysia Lecture Tour



DATE
VENUE
TIME
TOPIC
CONTACT
15/04/2011
Akademi Pengajian Islam Universiti Malaya
8.00 pm
An Islamic Response to the Arab Uprising
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16/04/2011
Surau Hidayatul Islam, Tmn Selayang Indah
8.00 pm
The Quran and Akhir al-Zaman (End of Time)
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21/04/2011
Masjid Al Husna Bandar Sunway
8.00 pm
Dajjal and the Samawat

22/04/2011
IIUM Mosque Gombak Selangor
Khutbah
An Islamic Response to the Arab Uprising

23/04/2011
Angkatan Kemajuan Muslim, PJ Old Town
8.00 pm
An Islamic View of Gog and Magog in the Modern World
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24/04/2011
Surau Al Abqary Villa Bestari Gombak
8.00 pm
Dajjal’s Most Dangerous Weapon
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26/04/2011
KENMS, IIUM Gombak
10.00 am
Islam and the International Monetary System
Shiraz – shiraz@thinkerstrends.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
28/04/2011
Masjid Negeri Selangor, Shah Alam
8.00 pm
The Imperative of the Muslim Village
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29/04/2011
Masjid KLIA Sepang (Tazkirah)
Khutbah
The Quran and Akhir al-Zaman (End of Time)
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30/04/2011
Surau Al Ulum Sek. 9 Kota Damansara
8.00 pm
Islam and the End of History
Shiraz – shiraz@thinkerstrends.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
01/05/2011
Permai Villa Bestari – By invitation
4.00 pm
The Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham – Islam and the Future of Money
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06/05/2011
Masjid India Kuala Lumpur (Tazkirah)
12.45 pm
An Islamic Response to the Arab Uprising
Shiraz – shiraz@thinkerstrends.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 


Sheikh Imran cetus kontroversi?

SIAPAKAH Sheikh Imran Nazar Hosein? Di Malaysia, nama beliau dikenali berikutan penyebaran klip video syarahannya dalam YouTube yang memuji bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
Beliau menyatakan ketika pemimpin negara Islam lain takut menentang sistem kewangan dunia yang pro-Barat dan Yahudi, terdapat seorang individu yang berani menentang arus dan beliau ialah Dr. Mahathir.
Sheikh Imran, 69, penulis buku Jerusalem in the Quran ialah tokoh pemikir Islam yang diiktiraf di peringkat antarabangsa sebagai pakar dalam bidang politik dan kewangan Islam serta hubungan antarabangsa. Beliau cukup kuat menentang Orde Baru Dunia (NWO) dan fahaman Zionisme.
Beliau yang berkelulusan dari Institut Aleemiyah di Karachi, Pakistan dilahirkan di Republik Trinidad dan Tobago iaitu negara kepulauan di selatan Laut Caribbean dan nenek moyang beliau adalah golongan penghijrah yang berasal dari India.

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Sheikh Imran pernah menetap di New York selama 10 tahun termasuk menjadi Pengarah Jawatankuasa Bersama Kajian Islam Organisasi Islam Greater New York dan Imam Masjid Dar Al-Quran di Long Island, New York.
Pada Jumaat lalu, beliau telah memberikan syarahan bertajuk, Pandangan Islam Berkaitan Pemberontakan di Negara-Negara Arab di Akademi Pengajian Islam, Universiti Malaya (UM).
Walaupun topik yang akan disampaikannya serius, namun ketika mula-mula menyampaikan syarahannya beliau sempat berseloroh mengenai kesesakan lalu-lintas di Jalan Pantai Baharu dan Lebuh Raya Persekutuan yang dilalui hadirin untuk ke universiti itu.
''Adakah anda tahu berapa harga sebuah helikopter," soalnya dengan serius. Setelah melihat hadirin terpinga-pinga barulah beliau secara berjenaka menjelaskan kenapa soalan itu ditanya.
Kata beliau, itulah satu-satunya cara untuk hadirin mengelak kesesakan lalu-lintas. Kesesakan itu menyebabkan syarahan yang sepatutnya bermula pada pukul 8 malam terpaksa ditunda sehingga 8.45 malam.
Dalam syarahan itu, beliau menjelaskan bahawa sistem kewangan berasaskan riba yang dipelopori golongan pro-Barat dan Yahudi adalah punca utama berlaku kemiskinan di negara-negara Islam.



''Perasaan tidak puas hati terhadap kemiskinan ini telah menyebabkan penduduk di Mesir, Tunisia dan beberapa negara Arab lain melakukan demonstrasi jalanan sehingga menyebabkan kerajaan sedia ada tersingkir," jelasnya.
Dalam pada itu, beliau yang telah menulis buku bertajuk The Gold Dinar and Silver Dirham - Islam and Future of Money menyarankan supaya dinar emas digunakan sebagai mata wang di negara-negara Islam bagi mengelak umat Islam terus terperangkap dengan sistem kewangan dan ekonomi yang didalangi Yahudi. Idea sama turut diperjuangkan oleh Dr. Mahathir.
Ketika syarahan berkenaan, beliau turut meluahkan perasaan sedih dengan sikap sarjana Islam lain yang tidak banyak memberi respons terhadap apa yang ditulis dalam bukunya.


Sikap dingin itu mungkin berpunca daripada perasaan tidak senang dengan keterbukaan beliau untuk membuatkan tafsiran baru terhadap ayat al-Quran dan Hadis serta mengaitkannya dengan perkembangan semasa yang melanda umat Islam.
Antara pandangan beliau adalah membabitkan fenomena kebangkitan rakyat yang berlaku di Asia Barat sekarang. Beliau berpendapat ia hanya akan memudahkan Israel untuk meneruskan agenda bagi menawan negara-negara Arab dan melemahkan dua negara kuasa nuklear Islam, Pakistan dan Iran.
Menurut beliau, cita-cita rejim Zionis adalah diasaskan kepada beberapa ayat palsu yang sengaja dimasukkan di dalam kitab Taurat yang menyebut Tuhan berfirman bahawa bumi suci kaum Yahudi adalah dari Sungai Nil di Mesir sehingga Sungai Euphrates di Iraq.
Sheikh Imran meramalkan kebangkitan rakyat termasuk di Mesir bakal menyaksikan kerajaan baru yang dibentuk akan mengamalkan pendekatan lebih pro-Palestin dan bersikap anti-Israel.
''Jika ini berlaku, Israel akan menggunakan alasan ini untuk menyerang penduduk Palestin dan negara-negara Arab kerana negara Yahudi telah diancam oleh kerajaan baru yang kini menyokong Hamas yang dianggap kumpulan pengganas oleh negara Zionis itu," katanya.
Sheikh Imran juga meramalkan pemerintah baru Mesir akan mengamalkan pendekatan lebih terbuka untuk membenarkan kemasukan beramai-ramai penduduk Semenanjung Gaza, yang ingin lari daripada kekejaman rejim Zionis, ke negara itu.
Jelasnya, jika Israel benar-benar berjaya mengalahkan negara-negara Arab maka ia secara tindak langsung akan memudahkannya untuk merealisasikan cita-cita bagi memerintah dunia.

The 'Rolls-Royce' of coffee - LUWAK



Civet cat dung fuels Indonesia’s luxury coffee.
INDONESIA’S self-proclaimed King of Luwak, Gunawan Supriadi, is having a hard time keeping up with demand for the beans excreted by his stable of pampered civet “cats”.
And he’s not alone. Demand for coffee brewed with beans plucked from the dung of the furry, weasel-like creatures – known locally as luwak – is surging among well-heeled connoisseurs around the world, exporters say.
About 40 civets at Supriadi’s plantation in West Lampung district, Sumatra, provide the intestinal machinery for his Raja Luwak (King of Luwak) brand of bean. Lampung is the undisputed capital of luwak coffee.



“My target is to have 150 civets soon because I have to meet the surge in demand,” Supriadi said. “In 2008, I gathered about 50kg of luwak beans and sold them to local distributors. In 2009, I sold 300kg. In 2010, I sold 1.2 tonnes.”
The “golden droppings” of the luwak, or Asian palm civet, fetch up to US$800 (RM2,400) per kg in countries like the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Singapore.
Exquisite excreta: A wild civet gathering ripe arabica coffee fruits at a coffee plantation producing the Luwak coffee in Bangli district on Bali island. Luwak coffee beans come from the ripest fruit eaten by the cat-like creature, digested and excreted in droppings.
It’s another story altogether at retail level. Single cups of the world’s most expensive coffee have been known to sell for almost US$100 (RM300) in specialty outlets in London.


The civets play two roles. Firstly, they tend to choose the best berries to digest. Experts say wild civets are the most discerning, but their droppings are also the most difficult to harvest.
Having nibbled off the thin outer layer of fruit, the civets put their digestive juices to work. The enzymes penetrate the beans – usually arabica in Sumatra – and change their chemical balance in subtle ways.
The end product, after a good wash and light roasting, lacks the bitterness of ordinary coffee and has a unique, soft flavour.
“If luwak coffee is a car, then it must be a Rolls-Royce,” Supriadi said.
Exporter Doni Irawan said his sales had grown 50% in the past year.
“It has become the prima donna of coffee due to its high price and limited supply. It keeps gaining new, dedicated fans,” he said.
The tradition of luwak coffee stretches back hundreds of years to the time of Dutch rule in Indonesia.
Banned from their colonial masters’ coffee crops, indigenous farmers took to collecting, cleaning and roasting undigested beans found in the forest-dwelling animals’ droppings.



The South-East Asian archipelago of 240 million people is now the world’s main producer of luwak coffee, but the industry has really only flourished in recent years and official export figures are hard to find.
Retailers said demand was also high among status-conscious members of Indonesia’s burgeoning middle class.
In a country where around 40% of the population earns less than US$2 (RM6) a day, luwak coffee sells for about US$8 (RM24) a cup in up-market shopping malls.
The success of luwak coffee has given birth to a plethora of fake brands, which promise that special civet experience at half the usual price.
Not to be outdone, Vietnamese entrepreneurs say they have developed a way to chemically treat regular beans to produce the same luwak taste. – AFP