11 August 2010

Welcoming Ramadhan

Muslims in Malaysia will start fasting tomorrow. Allow Pakcik to take a slightly different route to welcome this very special month with two short poems. One is written by the blogger Ninotaziz www.poemsbyninotaziz.blogspot.com Having read her work, The Hand , Pakcik was inspired to leave a poem in Malay as my comment to her posting. Ninotaziz later had my untitled attempt translated into English for the benefit of her overseas visitors.

The hand - (by Ninotaziz)

They say

The hand that rocks the cradle
Rules the world...

I say

The hand that tills the land
Feeds the world

The hand that guides the chalk
Teaches the young

The hand that shapes the heart
Calms the soul

The hand that carves the art
Broadens the mind

The hand that reaches out
Creates the strongest of bonds


The hand of the scribe
Yours and mine...


Against the above entry in Ninotaziz’s aforesaid blog, www.poemsbyninotaziz.blogspot.com I ended my comment with the following short poem:

Menitisnya air
Awan hitam

Menitisnya air
Jarijari kecil

Kerdilnya aku
Dikaki Mu

And here is Ninotaziz’s translation of Pakcik’s poetry attempt:

The gentle drizzle
falls upon the paddy fields
Clouds grey and heavy
Wrung tightly

The gentle tear falls
Upon the cheek
Overcame by pity
For the young and the weak

How insignificant - me
Lying at your feet


Since Ninotaziz chose The hand as the title for her poem I would use ‘Menadah Tangan’ for mine. I shall have to request her to help in translating that.

It is hoped that whatever message one understands from the above two poems would mean something befitting with the holy month of Ramadhan.

Selamat menyambut Ramadhan diucapkan kepada pelawat-pelawat yang berugama Islam.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


Sir Pök Déng said...

Salam Ramadhan, Pak Cik.

Memorable trails... said...

Ramadhan Kareem to you n mak chik..may both of you be in excellent throughout this blessing month of Rmadhan..Amin.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
Selamat Menyambut Ramadan to you. roar! roar! roar!

abdulhalimshah said...

Dear Pakcik,
I shall dedicate this for your service to mankind.

Al-Manar, kau obor menerangi alam
Untuk anak anak yang malang
Tetapi nasibmu ada yang peduli
Daripada Pakcik yang menabur budi
Keprihatinannya bukan untuk dipuji
Baktinya hanya kerana Ilahi
Insan mulia hatinya suci
Allah jua yang Maha Tinggi.

Although you are "Insan Kerdil" in the light of your Craetor, but your service to mankind makes you stand towering above the rest. May this month of Ramadhan be another opportunity to enhance our Taqwa, Amin!

Anonymous said...

Selamat berpuasa buat Pakcik & Makcik. Semoga Ramadan tahun ini memberi keredhaan & keberkatan kepada kita semua. Amin..


norzah said...

Akhi Pakcik Hassan,
I never knew that you are a poet. If Ninotaziz' poem is most
appealing yours is brief but like the 'jari-jari halus' you mentioned rached out to the heart. I like very much the imagery 'awan hitam diperah' reminiscent of Allah's assurance that behind every misfortune (awan hitam) there's always a blessing. Ninotaziz's interpretation of 'jari-jari kecil' as the young and the weak is most appropriate while 'menitis air ke pipi..Kasihani' suggests extreme sadness over the tragic living conditions of the unfortunate and disabled children. Yessir, what a fitting message for the coming of Ramadhan. Selamat menyambut bulan Ramadhan al-Mubarak, ya Akhi.

Wan Sharif said...

Commented on both poems in her blog..
Selamat menjalani ibadah Ramadhan untuk Bang Hasan sekeluarga..

Al-Manar said...

Sir Pok Deng
And salaam to you and family.

Al-Manar said...

madam gold,
We wish you no less, and each day to Hari Raya would bring new hope and cheer to you.

Al-Manar said...

Ditepi longkang
Mata buntang
Yang sayang
Meow, meow, meow
Semoga ibu berpuasa
hingga selamat berhari raya

Al-Manar said...

S'dara AHS
Wah! Sedapnya orang lama mrnjawab pantun. Dah hilangkah budaya ini?

Hope you are truly well and this fasting month woul add nothing but the best, physically and spiritually to you and family.
Salaam always.

Al-Manar said...

Salaam dan selamat maju jaya.
Singgahlah ke Nuri bila senang

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
It is just classic! Selamat menyambut Ramadhan to you and the family.

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Al-Manar said...

Ayah Wan
You are always quick for he gun, not an unfriendly way - the toy gun then. Kalau helang turun kebumi orang pulau dah 'lupa daratan'? Sbelum terjum kepulau dari atas jambatan terus kan perjalanan ke Pengkalan Maras, singgah minum air setegok dan bermaaf maafan apa salah silap yang kita dah lakukan dan anggapan yang tak betul- secara orang kita dulu dulu.

Al-Manar said...

Akhi Norzah
Not for a moment I thought any one would see the significance of a dark cloud as you see it. I was thinking of my series, the light at the'end of the tunnel'; but I could not get a good match for it. However the alternative, the 'dark cloud' has - the silver lining- implying the same meaning more or less.
Selamat berpuasa dan seterusnya selamat berhari raya. Maaf dzahir dan batin.

Al-Manar said...

Dear Hank,
Thank you. Selamat berpuasa sekeluarga dan berhari raya. Salaam muhibbah dari kami sekeluarga.

ninotaziz said...

Dear Pakcik,

How lovely to start off Ramadhan in quiet reflection...I would like to suggest the title 'In Prayer' for the translated poetry of yours.

I see you were too modest to mention that The Hand was inspired by your work and those who work to better the world quietly...

Sorry for this longer post, but I'd like to mention, when I translated your sajak, some poet blogger friends asked about Malay pantun and verses. My mission was always to introduce Malay literature to the world. So I have to thank you for this, Pakcik.

My pantun blog can be found - www.pantundanselokaninotaziz.blogspot.com - everyone is welcome to visit and contribute pantun, syair, sajak dll in the comment box. I will try to create a page to feature everyone's pantun. [Kena belajar dulu macamana nak buat ni...]

Selamat Berpuasa di bulan yang mulia...

Anonymous said...

Salam Pakcik

Selamat berpuasa. I still can't forget my maiden trip to KT and Nuri especially the kind hospitality from you and Makcik. Hope to be able to visit again in the near future.


Al-Manar said...

Yes, 'In prayer' it shall be. Thank you for your kind words all along. Your nterests are so varied and they are not just superficila. You would recal my wonder at somone who managed so many blogs so well.
Hope you will succeed in promoting the Malay pantun.
Selamat berpuasa and seterusnya berhari raya.

Al-Manar said...

How clever of you to come up with that Little Red Dot. I think it is what I think, how clever!
It was nice to have you, and of course you are welcome to Nuri and enjoy whatever the two of us can offer in this dreamy little place.
Selamat berpuasa dan hari raya seterusnya dari Pakcik dan Salmah.

Awang Goneng said...

Dear Abang Ngah,

May Allah grant us the blessings of this Ramadhan. May Allah guide you always in your good work.

Allahumma ahillahu `alaina bil-amni wal-iman, was-salamati wal-Islam, Rabbi wa Rabbuk-Allah, Hilalu rushdin wa khairin.

"O Allah, let this moon appear on us with security and Iman; with safety and Islam. (O moon!) Your Rabb and mine is Allah. May this moon bring us guidance and good."

Al-Manar said...

Taqabbala minna wa minkum, Taqabbal ya Karim
How often you, Zaharah and family come into our family conversations because we often remember you. And we pray and hope all will always be well.
Yesterday, at Chabang Tiga Abang Ngah saw some puteri mandi that I had not seen for some time. Bought it and looked for nekbak but they only sold the pre-sira ones. Then I had one ringgit worth of asam gobal - for three pieces, not bad. Wish they had lebih sikit itti ddalam.
Now does that not make you want to return yet? To be sure, we have two world class unversities close to our home waiting to offer professorship (maybe Datukshup too as sweetening) to people like you, ad Zaharah. That reminds me to put a short posting on these two 'multi-named' unversities.
Salaam from Kah Mah and me.

Awang Goneng said...

Salaam Abang Ngah and Kak Mah!

When family members and friends think of you constantly that is a precious thing. Thank you for also for your prayers for us.

I have not seen Tuang Puteri having a bath (puteri mandi) since they brought tapped water from Pulau Musang. And asang gupal, as we know them, are never far from my mind. But I haven't eaten that too for a long time. Ah, the kacang inside the sagu floating in an ocean of satang (and maybe a little bawang?), and then real akök, made with eggs and tepong, cooked in a brass acuang; laksang sold by Mökcik Mmusang ppasör Tanjong, I miss them all...

As for donning academic garb and be called Professor with a Datuk's bauble in my hatband, even Mökcik Mmusang will belöhök and ask, "Sejök bile mung buléh ngajjör örang ni? Buak akök pong mung dök reti, buak jjepuk pong mung dök buléh setarang, apatöh lagi Che Abah Demang?"

Yes you must write about all those multi-named universities of Teganung. I think some of them are near you. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you. When I was with Tuang Ajidol in Pengkalan Seberang Maras, looking for al-Manar, we stopped at a petrol station to ask a young lad for directions. His eyes lit up when we mentioned al-Manar. "I used to study there," he said, "and so did my friend."

"What are you both doing now?" I asked.

"Well we are both working before we go for further education."

I'm translating all this from Trengganuspeak, of course, a little may have been lost in translation.

But the gist of it is: Well dang, Abang Ngöh. Well dang!

PS Let's start a campaign for real akök not the ersatz one they are now selling in Pasör Kkeda Payang.

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Al-Manar said...

Mi, Abang Ngah memang dah seka Mi dah lama tak tenggok benda benda hak gitu. Balik tengganu gok porsa jarang jarang skali.
Food is being sold every where. But I maintain the real genuine stuff is gone. There has been no attempt to take over the skill from the dying generation of 'tukang masak istana'. We look at everything and think of the old with a sigh.
Yesterday evening the two of us had break-fasting in own, our 46th anniversary (not going to be made an issue),and went to Masjid Puteh for tarawih.It was a nostalgic journey for Abang Ngah. Stannding among the huge circular white columns that we all know too well, I nearly cried reminiscing the old time, the old imams like Tok Katib HjYunus (my first Qoran teacher),the great Ustaz Hj Mat Litar ( also my Quran teacher) and Ustaj Hj Wan Hassan (imam as well as my Ustaz at Zainal Abidin). Many a night I sat alone in that mosque studying under the electric light as our house was only lit by kerosene lamps.
Salaam from us to you all.

Anonymous said...

ARZ said...
Pak Cik,

A belated wish for a meaningful month of Ramadzan for you and Mak Cik.
Your poem....ah...short and sweet.

Tue Aug 17, 11:47:00 AM

Al-Manar said...


Lama tak dengar berita. Harap saudara dan keluarga smuanya baik.
I suppose the cycling activity ceases for the month. Selamat berpuasa dan juga Hari Raya.
p/s I reposted this comment from the earlier posting. Sorry I have to use ananymous.

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum Pakcik and makcik..how are you doing?Salam Ramadhan Al-Mubarak to both of you..i'm sorry for every mistake i did.May Allah always bless you..

Ana balik cuti 4hb september ni pakcik..dah lama xbalik kg...sampai berjumpa lagi nanti...send my regards to makcik...
salam sayang dan rindu from..
Ana Sarda Jaafar-Tawau

Al-Manar said...

We have not seen you for so long, and have been wondering how Tawau treats you. Hope you will find time to drop on us. Nak tengok macam mana orang Sabah.
Love from us.

Anonymous said...

Pakcik Almanar.Salam..
Dear pakcik and makcik..

InsyaAllah..nanti Ana datang ke rumah..Mmemang lama tak jumpa pakcik..tapi tak bermaksud anda dilupakan..heeeh...selamat berpuasa..

Orang Sabah..tetap jadi orang Terengganu pakcik..di mana bumi dipijak disitu langit dijunjung..

Wassalam...love from..(Ana)

Anonymous said...

Was ur site disabled b4 dis?
1st time I could access though!
Hmmm ... many say poets are sensitive people. :)

mekyam said...

salam ramadan pakcik H! indahnya puisi menyambut bulan mulia.

walaupun agak terlambat, selamat berpuasa kpd pakcik, makcik dan seluruh keluarga, termasuk al-manar.

maaf lama tak kunjung dan lambat beri ucap. niat sentiasa ada tapi kekadang bila melayar internet, langkau jari tak kesampaian. namun pakcik dan al-manar sentiasa dlm ingatan.

p.s. terima kasih atas pautan kpd laman ninotaziz. sungguh menarik!

Al-Manar said...

We have had problems and I am not one who knows why and what to do. Me, a poet? Never. So if anyone finds Pakcik sensitive it is better to believe that age is the cause of one becoming sensitive, and grumpy as well. And I accept this without any reservation or excuse.
Sorry for the time wasted in getting here, and for my belated mail.
Salaam to you and family.

Al-Manar said...


To me, sensitive and grumpy may be, it is always the kind thought that counts. I wonder, indeed I do, where you will be this Hari Raya, ketupatland for a change or still a land somewhere.My good wishes to you always.Selamat Ramadhan and Hari Raya.

Anonymous said...

Salam Ramadhan Pak Cik and Mak Cik.May Allah bless us in this blessed month.Ameen.


Al-Manar said...

jangan lupa singgah.
Kirim salaam ke ayah dan mak.

Jane said...

Dear Pakcik and everyone in Al-Manar's blog community:
No doubt you have heard of the great controversy happening at Ground Zero in Manhattan regarding the building of the mosque. My heart saddens. I share with you this:

How do we get the 'hand' poems out there for America to read?

Al-Manar said...

My dear Jane
How nice it is to hear from you. I am posting your comment for our visitors to share. Thank you and hope all is well.
Lots of love from
Pakcik hassn and Makcik Salmah

Anonymous said...

Very good post..