(Story) The monk and the prostitute

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙈𝙤𝙣𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙪𝙩𝙚

A monk lived near the temple of Shiva. In the house opposite lived a prostitute. Noticing the large number of men who visited her, the monk decided to speak to her.

‘You are a great sinner,’ he said sternly. ‘You reveal your lack of respect for God every day and every night. Do you never stop to think about what will happen to you after your death?’

The poor woman was very shaken by what the monk said. She prayed to God out of genuine repentance, begging His forgiveness. She also asked the Almighty to help her to find another means of earning her living.

But she could find no other work and, after going hungry for a week, she returned to prostitution.

But each time she gave her body to a stranger, she would pray to the Lord for forgiveness.

Annoyed that his advice had had no effect, the monk thought to himself:

‘From now on, I’m going to keep a count of the number of men who go into that house, until the day the sinner dies.’

And from that moment on, he did nothing but watch the comings and goings at the prostitute’s house, and for each man who went in, he added a stone to a pile of stones by his side.

After some time, the monk again spoke to the prostitute and said:

‘You see that pile of stones? Each stone represents a mortal sin committed by you, despite all my warnings. I say to you once more: do not sin again!’

Seeing how her sins accumulated, the woman began to tremble. Returning home, she wept tears of real repentance and prayed to God:

‘O Lord, when will Your mercy free me from this wretched life?’

Her prayer was heard. That same day, the angel of death came to her house and carried her off. On God’s orders, the angel crossed the street and took the monk with him too.

The prostitute’s soul went straight up to Heaven, while the devils bore the monk down into Hell. They passed each other on the way, and when the monk saw what was happening, he cried out:

‘Is this Your justice, O Lord? I spent my whole life in devotion and poverty and now I am carried off into Hell, while that prostitute, who lived all her life steeped in sin, is borne aloft up to Heaven!’

Hearing this, one of the angels replied:

poses are always just. You thought that God’s love meant judging the behaviour of your neighbour. While you filled your heart with the impurity of another’s sin, this woman prayed fervently day and night. Her soul is so light after all the tears she has shed that we can easily bear her up to Paradise. Your soul is so weighed down with stones it is too heavy to lift.’

~ Paulo Coelho~

The story is said to be told by Paulo Coelho, i’m not sure if it’s true. But the lessons is there for all of us.

(KonMari) The Health Benefits of Tidying Up

I just love the show.

Awesome Netflix Original Series

Honestly, ever since I’ve watch Marie Kondo new Netflix Series (Tidying Up) it give me a new perspective on tidying up. She has sparked a de-cluttering craze with her new Netflix show Tidying Up.

From the show, there are quite significant lessons we can learnt and perhaps motivate us to tidy up.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve picked up from the show.

  • It will spark joy. Honestly, it makes me happy to see thing tidy up. Although not quite loving the process of tidying up just yet.
  • It makes it easier to locate and grab things. Therefore,making our lives much more efficient.
  • And with less things to worry about (the likes of location things) and more time free-up, it will foster clear thinking.
  • In the long run, it could act as a catalyze for further change and self-improvement.
  • Although, with small children in the house, I’ve also learnt that “it’s okay if the house wasn’t tidy some of the time.

Now, you should watch the show, or buy her books, I’ve done both.

And it’s awesome.


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How Europe’s New Privacy Rule Is Reshaping the Internet

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets out new rules for companies’ use of personal data. The law, which passed in 2016, comes into force in May 2018. Although the regulation covers only data on EU citizens, it will affect most online services because they operate globally.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

In fact, the rules were already exerting visible effects in the United States by early 2018. That’s because previous EU laws on privacy didn’t apply to companies based outside the EU, while the GDPR does.

Some requirements will affect users directly. Companies that gather personal data will require users’ consent both more frequently and with greater transparency.

The regulation increases the level of consent that companies will have to obtain and the consent will have to be “explicit and informed.” The law also requires companies to allow users to revoke their consent. Users will have the right to obtain all the data that a company has gathered from them. Rules on data portability will give users new options in moving data across platforms.  

The GDPR establishes new rules for how companies share data with partners, including “complex new requirements” for the ways companies use data they’ve obtained from other companies. Companies will have to manage their advertising partnerships differently. Data sharing will become more expensive, as will data breaches.  

The GDPR imposes severe penalties for violations. Fines for each violation could run as high as €20 million or 4% of a company’s global turnover, whichever is higher and these figures that have had companies around the world working overtime to meet the May 25, 2018, deadline for compliance.

Although greater data portability might reduce the dominance of some large networks, the costs of compliance and the increased expenses involved in sharing data could favor bigger companies. The full implications of the rules will depend on how the EU chooses to enforce them, which means many questions about effects of the GDPR will take years to resolve.

And we shall see, how these GDPR would affect the internet of things.


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(Lifestyle) Five Costs of Living Online

The web has altered daily life radically. It provides up-to-date information to enable people to make educated and informed decisions, including choosing among the products and services available online.

The Internet has become central to modern life. 

The web has altered daily life radically. It provides up-to-date information to enable people to make educated and informed decisions, including choosing among the products and services available online.

Because the Internet is always open, people can search for information, shop or find entertainment at any hour. They can learn to do almost anything or delve into almost any topic at the pace they choose. The Internet also enables people to customize products and services.    

And this has deep impact on our lives.

“Constantly switching between phones, tablets, laptops and wearables could reduce our attention span and ability to focus on extended tasks.” 

Therefore, let discuss further on the top 5 cost of living online

1. “Too Many Temptations”

Many people sit down planning to surf the Internet for a little while, but end up spending countless hours online. The vast number of websites which are specifically designed as an all hypnotic eye candy is too tempting to ignore.  

Constantly giving in to temptation is routine online behavior, but it’s a bad habit. People who can fight temptation will be more successful in life in terms of such factors as “school grades, SAT scores, income, divorce rates and physical health” than those who regularly give in to temptation.  Sometimes temptation can become a destructive addiction. 

Three areas of the Internet can be particularly addictive: 

  1. gaming,
  2. shopping; and
  3. pornography. 

Some hardcore gamers spend 18 hours a day at play. Online catalogs and erotica can be equally addictive. 

2. “Too Much Information”  

The typical supermarket carries nearly 50,000 items; and that’s already a huge number of options to filter when you shop. But the Internet features far more, a seemingly infinite number of products in every category. And therefore, product reviews makes an awesome niche.

And products aren’t the only choices online, there’s other temptation.

You can find out what reviewers think of books, movies and virtually anything else you might subscribe to or buy. 

This nearly limitless availability of different products and services often results in “choice paralysis.”

To deal with it, try these solutions: 

  1. “Satisfice, don’t maximize” – Marketing’s primary message to consumers is no matter what the product or service is, you should always buy the best. Resist that message; don’t shop forever or consider everything. Be willing to accept a “good enough” choice. That makes selecting what to buy online much simpler. Always consider the pros and cons, make an educated choice and be happy with the choice you make.
  2. “Delegate choice” – Let professionals like travel agents make crucial decisions for you. For less-complicated choices, set up decision-making rules before you shop.  
  3. “Decision tools” – Utilize “product-filtering tools” such as those that Trivago makes available, to narrow down your purchase options. For instance, you can filter hotel choices by cost or specific requirement.      

3. “Too Much Customization”  

The Internet allows customers to apply extraordinary customization capabilities to a variety of products and services. For instance, there are wallets and watches that can be customized to your liking.

This degree of customization has several drawbacks. For example, take the opinions you choose to consider. Since you can tailor your online  associations, your choices can create echo chambers in which you hear only those other Internet users who hold the same attitudes. People often find that they’re congregating online only with like-minded counterparts. They stop hearing new ideas or learning new facts or facets of issues. Everything communicated to them matches what they’ve already been exposed to in the past. This inhibits creativity and analysis.  

To avoid the echo chamber effect, open yourself to considering different thinkers, including people who hold contrasting opinions. Spend time  on Quora, a website that enables people with different  backgrounds and viewpoints to weigh in on various “hot-button questions.”  

4. “Too Many Comparisons”  

Facebook has more than one billion users. Each user has, on average, 200 Facebook friends, it has been liken to having 33 Millions people in a room

If you are on Facebook, you may compare yourself with all of the other people with whom you’re in touch. This is what Facebook users do, as well as people on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Periscope and YouTube. The Internet is a giant, worldwide comparison machine.  

Many of these comparisons are “upward social comparisons,” in which people contrast themselves with those who are doing better  financially. 

Such comparisons hurt. 

When people present themselves to others on the Internet, they try to look as good as possible. Say that one person online presents one bit of positive personal information. Another follows with a better individual  update, then the first person writes something more self-aggrandizing, and  on and on. Communication online becomes “keeping up with the Joneses.”  The costs associated with these billions of comparisons can be huge: and that includes envy,  jealousy, covetousness and sadness. This in the long run lead to depression.

To deal with hurtful upward social comparisons, make some “downward social comparisons.” Compare yourself to people who don’t do as well as you. Downward social comparisons can make you feel thankful for what you have and who you are. “Fight…envy with gratefulness.” 

5. “Too Little Privacy”  

Whatever hits the Internet stays on the Internet, often forever. This  information resides online in credit card databases, Google archives, Facebook servers and in the electronic vaults of the National Security Agency. Smart operators can try to access all of your online information to  learn all about you so they can sell to you or steal your identity.   

This only partially describes how today’s zone of personal privacy is shrinking dramatically.Internet service providers and governments now can record your text messages, even your phone calls.Data companies can combine this personal information with geolocation data from cellphone towers to trace your movements. 

Facebook is even looking at a mobile app that would activate your cellphone’s microphone to capture the audio from TV shows or songs playing in your vicinity. The app could then annotate your Facebook status in real time. For example, it might indicate that you currently “are listening to the band Arcade Fire or watching Game of Thrones.” Do you want people to know that much about your activities all the time?

Many online organizations now post statements on their websites that outline their privacy policies. Review these statements from Facebook, eBay, Expedia,iTunes,and the like before you become an active user.Unfortunately,few people actually read them.Some online firms publish “privacy certifications” on their sites saying that they subscribe to the “best privacy practices.” You can modify your privacy settings on websites and on browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox – and thus increase your privacy protection. Another way to protect your privacy is to use the settings on your smart devices – televisions, computers, phones, cars and refrigerators – to prevent them from collecting data that then ends up in the hands of marketers. 


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(Export Operation) Communication System

Communication Equipment

Communication Equipment

  • VHF radio on tankers and terminals for communication across short/medium distances.
  • UHF radio on many terminals for short range local use
  • International Marine Satellite Communication Network (IMMOREIT)
    • Satellite ‘A’ on some tankers provides ‘phone, telex, and FAX facility.
    • Satellite ‘C’ on some tankers provides telex link
  • Cellular or portable telephones (coastal waters)
  • MF (medium frequency) or HF (high frequency)

Differences Between UHF & VHF Radio-procedures

  • It is normal to call a vessel by name when calling via VHF – call giving vessel name 3 times followed by call sign 3 times.
  • VHF channel 16 is often the ‘calling’ and safety channel. Switch to a working channel when contact has been established.
  • Vessels use VHF for priority communications.

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(Hadith) Those who are merciful

“The merciful are shown mercy by Ar-Rahman. Be merciful on the earth, and you will be shown mercy from Who is above the heavens. The womb is named after Ar-Rahman, so whoever connects it, Allah connects him, and whoever severs it, Allah severs him.”

Allah Loves Those Who Are Merciful

حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ أَبِي عُمَرَ، حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ دِينَارٍ، عَنْ أَبِي قَابُوسَ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ الرَّاحِمُونَ يَرْحَمُهُمُ الرَّحْمَنُ ارْحَمُوا مَنْ فِي الأَرْضِ يَرْحَمْكُمْ مَنْ فِي السَّمَاءِ الرَّحِمُ شُجْنَةٌ مِنَ الرَّحْمَنِ فَمَنْ وَصَلَهَا وَصَلَهُ اللَّهُ وَمَنْ قَطَعَهَا قَطَعَهُ اللَّهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

Abdullah bin ‘Amr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said:
“The merciful are shown mercy by Ar-Rahman. Be merciful on the earth, and you will be shown mercy from Who is above the heavens. The womb is named after Ar-Rahman, so whoever connects it, Allah connects him, and whoever severs it, Allah severs him.”

Grade: Hasan (Darussalam)
Reference: Jami’ at-Tirmidhi 1924
https://sunnah.com/tirmidhi/27/30

Lessons:

  1. Allah is merciful to those who are merciful to others.
  2. Those who are merciful towards creatures of the earth will be loved by the dwellers of the heavens.
  3. Being kind and merciful to others are attributes of those with clean hearts and pure souls.

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(Hadith) Larangan Berzina Membunuh dan Murtad

Rasulullah SAW telah bersabda: Tidak halal darah seorang muslim yang mengucap dua kalimah syahadah (Tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah dan aku adalah utusan Allah) kecuali disebabkan salah satu daripada tiga perkara; janda yang berzina, nyawa dengan nyawa dan orang yang meninggalkan agamanya yang memisahkan diri daripada jamaah (murtad)

عَنْ اِبْنِ مَسْعُودٍ رَضِىَ الله عَنْه قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُوْلُ الله صَلَّى الله عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّم : لاَ يَحِلُّ دَمُ امْرِئٍ مُسْلِمٍ إِلاَّ بِإِحْدَى ثَلاَثٍ: الثَّيْبُ الزَّانِي وَالنَّفْسُ بِالنَّفْسِ وَالتَّارِكُ لِدِيْنِهِ الْمُفَارِقُ لِلْجَمَاعَةِ رَوَاهُ البُخَارِيُّ وَمُسْلِمٌ

Daripada lbnu Mas’ud RA beliau berkata: Rasulullah SAW telah bersabda: Tidak halal darah seorang muslim yang mengucap dua kalimah syahadah (Tiada Tuhan melainkan Allah dan aku adalah utusan Allah) kecuali disebabkan salah satu daripada tiga perkara; janda yang berzina, nyawa dengan nyawa dan orang yang meninggalkan agamanya yang memisahkan diri daripada jamaah (murtad). (HR Bukhari No: 6484) Status: Hadis Sahih

Pengajaran:

  1. Seorang yang telah mengucap dua kalimah syahadah, itu bermakna terjamin keselamatan nyawanya, darahnya dan harta bendanya daripada sebarang pencerobohan dan kezaliman. Tidak boleh sesiapa menumpahkan darahnya termasuk dirinya sendiri.
  2. Apabila berlaku pencerobohan terhadap darah, harta dan maruahnya dia berhak menuntut balas mengikut peruntukan syara’.
  3. Tiga sebab yang membatalkan penjagaan dan pemeliharaan terhadap darah, jiwa dan maruahnya iaitu apabila dia:

a. Berzina setelah berkahwin
b. Membunuh dengan sengaja tanpa hak
c. Murtad atau sengaja meninggalkan agama

  1. Sesungguhnya agama yang disepakati adalah yang dipegang oleh jamaah kaum muslimin, maka wajib dijaga dan tidak boleh keluar darinya.
  2. Islam mengajar betapa pentingnya menjaga kehormatan dan kesucian agama, diri, keluarga dan masyarakat.

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