11 November 2011

11-11-11 - What’s in a date?

I write about the dates which are meaningful to me.


I saw beauty in 1.11.11, a date that appears once in a century, one day that I was blessed to have lived through, and I was thankful to Him for that. ( Click here)


May 13th 1969 was one day I wrote about, a day of frightening experience to Pakcik. (Click here) This date has become a land-mark in Malaysian history.


August 31st 1957 was a day greeted with pomp and pride in a small country named Malaya, now standing tall among the independent countries of the world. On that very day the young Pakcik was sitting alone far, far away from home, strangely wondering whether that independence would indeed be a good thing. ( Click here )


And ninety-three years ago today, the hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was the official end of World War I. November 11th of each year was the Remembrance Day, the Armistice, celebrated year after year during Pakcik’s young days. It may no longer be celebrated in the independent Malaysia but the date was well etched at the back of Pakcik’s little cell. ( Click xxxx.)


Dates are turned into memories.

At this juncture I wish to apologise to Ninotaziz for having overlooked her comments for Pakcik’s 1-11-11 posting. As luck would have it, I was going through my deleted list when I noticed my mistake. In a way I am glad that it did happen as her contribution is not inappropriate to be included here. With apology to her, here it goes:

By Ninotaziz


“It is the way of the world
Time and tide, await no man

Except in the heart
Where memories reside

And yet there are those
Who belittle our hold to the past

I say to them...

Learning and teachings
Would be meaningless lessons

Why, civilisation was built
upon the memories of man!”

Isn’t that a beauty? Thank you Ninot.


Of course there are many other dates of importance to us all; of birthdays, anniversaries and so on, especially for one with a big family. But on top of all the dates, each and every one of us has a mysterious date of ultimate importance, a date we cease to be who we are, stripped bare of pride and position. Let us offer Alfatihah to our loved ones who have had theirs.

Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan


Anonymous said...

Idrus Abu Bakar commented on your note "11-11-11 - What’s in a date?".
Idrus wrote: "Great to see you here Pokcik Hassan. It a great day indeed. Do something special at 11:11AM today too."

kaykuala said...

Dear Pak Cik,
Dates are memorable only to those who care.Other dates that can bring people together for peaceful assembly are the ones majority should support.


Al-Manar said...

Pak Idrus,

It came and it's gone now. Whatever we did remained done, good and bad. Let's hope the good outweighs the bad.

Al-Manar said...

Yes if we can have dates that can bring people together for peaceful assembly it would be great.But it is a wishful thinking I am afraid. Hank

ninotaziz said...

Thank you Pakcik for reposting that little poem. I had forgotten it!

Al-Manar said...


As this response from you came ahead of the other one meant for my later posting I got confused and inored your later one. You and I seem to be apologising to each other. I will watch what I will do next time I see one from my dear Ninot. I started it and I am sorry.