On knowledge sharing and dissemination

... when circulating a working paper for comments, never put on "citations only permitted with the permission of author"

or "no parts of this paper can be used without permission of author". Rather, say "when using parts of this paper please give proper citation and help yourself". Be delighted if someone wants to quote you ... (p.7)

Source: Glaser, B. G. (2006) The roots of grounded theory. The Grounded Theory Review, 5(2/3), 1-10.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Berilmu ... Berbahasa ... Beradab

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh

Alhamdulillah syukur ... for the opportunity to share a bit more of adab of life ...


let me take a detour from the journey ... for today at least :)

A new school term ... a new hasrat to achieve ... but i would like to share some basics of life that make a lot of difference to the meaning of an educated being ... 

" The aim of education in Islam is to produce a good man. 
What is meant by 'good' in our concept of 'good man'? The fundamental element inherent in the Islamic concept of education is the inculcation of adab, for it is adab in the all-inclusive sense here meant as encompassing the spiritual and material life of man that instills the quality of goodness that is sought after. Education is precisely what the Prophet, upon whom be Peace, meant by adab when he said:

My Lord educated (addaba) me, and made my education (ta'dib) most excellent."

Source: Syed Muhammad Naquib Al-Attas (1978). Islam and secularism. Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC.

Now, yesterday was cuti and we had our breakfast of roti canai kosong (mine) and roti telur (husband) at our favourite warung along Jalan Sikamat. We sat ourselves at the end of a long buffet style table right in front of the roti canai maker. It was almost closing time, about 11.00am, but customers were still trickling in. Soon enough a large group of young vigorous looking men came in and filled up the remaining portion of our table. About a dozen of them. Early twenties i thought, dark and wind blown hair or maybe that was nothing to do with wind ... just the current young men's hairstyle ...

and they ordered ... what else roti canai kosong, roti telur :) ... and they took their breakfast quietly enough ... 
and i, the always sibuk one ... asked the one nearest to husband ... dari kolej ke dik? ... ye jawabnya ... kolej mana? ... Politeknik ... Kursus apa? ... Diploma Mechanical Engineering ... Semester berapa? ... Semester 2 ... Semuanya? ... ye semuanya ... Good i said and ended the conversation.

Breakfast done and another lad nearest to me (separated by a chair) took out a cigarette ... he was holding it between his fingers and i was thinking that he was just needing to hold it out of habit after food (hehehe) ... but a few moments later he was checking out his friends for a lighter ... and still i watched, thinking, and was sure he's not going to do it ... i was very wrong, and with the first flick of his finger on the lighter ... i blurted but pleasantly ... adabnya kalau nak merokok kita menjauh ... enough to be heard by his other friends who looked at me, first with surprise ... and then with comprehension ... and in chorus they said to their friend ... ye lah jauh-jauhlah nak merokok ... and that poor chap got up and went to the other end of the table to smoke ...


I wrote up the following some time ago ... for kindergarten teachers actually ... but i believe when this is made routine in the early years ... they will also be routine throughout life insyaAllah ...


Kita berbahasa Inggeris untuk berkomunikasi. Ini tidak bermakna kita jauhkan adab Islam dalam pertuturan ... For us Muslims, English is just a communicating tool ...

Apabila bertutur di dalam Bahasa Inggeris, maka elok sangat kita jadikan ayat-ayat berikut sebagai rutin harian anak dan murid ...

  1:: Memberi salam: Assalamu'alaikum ... (bila ... bertemu ... berpisah ... masuk rumah ... keluar rumah ... menjawab panggilan telefon ... dsbnya).
     ... menjawabnya ... Wa'alaikumsalam ...

  2:: Bertanya khabar: How are you? ... How are you Mak/Mama/Ummi/Ibu/Abah/Ayah/Baba/Wan/Tok? ... How are you Teacher/Ustaz/Ustazah? ... How are you Tina/Amir/Khadijah/Kak Dayah? Abang ... dsbnya.

  3:: Menjawabnya:

        ... Fine (... bagi yang baru nak mula berbahasa Inggeris ... jangan susahkan lidahnya ... :)

        ... Fine, thank you (... belajar berterima kasih kerana sudi bertanya khabar kita ...)

        ... I'm fine, thank you (... tambah struktur ayat untuk meningkatkan fasihnya ...)

        ... AlhamduLILLAH, I'm fine, thank you.
            (... the Muslim way of conveying syukur ... atas segala  nikmat sihat dan rahmatNYA ...)

  4:: Meminta sesuatu: Water please ... Rice please ... Pencil please ... Paper Please ...Pass it on please ... dsbnya .......... please.

  5:: Menghargai (Appreciating): Thank you ... Thank you Mak/Abah/Abang/Kak Dayah/Teacher ...
        ... Menjawabnya ... You're welcome ... Most welcome...

  6:: Meminta bantuan, laluan, perhatian: Excuse me ... Excuse me Mak/Abah/Kakak/Abang/Teacher ...

  7:: Mohon maaf: Sorry ... (apabila tersilap ... meminta ulang ucapan/pertuturan yang tidak jelas, elakkan sangat-sangat perkataan 'ah? dalam kes tak dengar atau kurang jelas ini ... dsbnya)


7 beautiful phrases in daily communication ...

1. Assalamua'alaikum

2. How are you?

3. AlhamduLillah

4. Please

5. Thank you

6. Excuse me

7. Sorry


1. Kami dapati lebih mudah pelajar dan guru baru menyebut ....Please... di hujung ayat. Contoh: Apabila meminta sesuatu ketika sedang makan bersama ... seperti... Plate please ... Rice Please ... Pass it on Please ...

2. Ayat-ayat adab ini insyaALLAH akan menjadi rutin anak-anak jika digunakan sebagai adab harian, walau dalam bahasa apa pun mereka berbicara.

3. Terjemahkan ayat-ayat adab tersebut ke bahasa yang sesuai untuk anak-anak dan pelajar Muslim dari pelbagai bahasa.

4. Teruskan menambah ayat-ayat adab dalam pertuturan harian kita, anak-anak dan pelajar.

Contoh: Can I help?/ Can I help you?/ Can I help you Mama?.
Our approach has always been: Start SHORT then EXTEND.

Yes, InsyaAllah I Can Do It!

the beginning of that life long learning ... that if i press too hard my pencil breaks :)

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