Friday, February 20, 2009

BULAN SAFAR 1430

'Mandi Safar'


Kini kita berada di dalam bulan SAFAR. Hari ini bilal mengingatkan kita tentang kepercayaan dan amalan orang tentang salahlaku semasa bulan kedua ini dalam takwin Hijriah. Sebenarnya khutbah pada hari-hari Jumaat banyak memberi panduan dan rujukan. Saya mengingatkan diri sendiri untuk bawa bersama sebuah buku catatan kecil dan pensil atau pen dan mencatatkan apa yang kita dengar semasa itu. Mungkin lebih baik dibawa bersama 'tape recorder mini' supaya apa yang dibicarakan dapat juga dikongsi bersama dengan orang dirumah. Khutbah Jumaat menerusi RTM tentu sekali kita tidak ikuti, kecuali kalau kita dirumah pada waktu itu. Pesanan itu harap dikotakan minggu depan dan seterusnya.


Katanya 'temasha' membersihkan diri dari malapetaka biasanya dilakukan pada 28 hb Safar hari akhir bulan dan bersamaan 24 Februari ini. Pernah kita membaca dan mendengar tentang peristiwa 'mandi safar' di sebuah pantai terkenal pada satu masa dahulu. Juga ada cara-cara lain yang diamalkan. Kelebakangan ini tak pula terdengar kisah-kisah seperti ini terus berlaku. Apa pun kalau ada teguran itu tentu sekali ada sesuatu yang perlu mendapat nasihat dan ingatan.


Sambil mendekati tentang bulan kedua itu elok juga kita merenung bulan-bulan lain; maklumlah sudah tertera selalu dengan Januari hingga Disember: Muharam, Safar, Rabiul Awal, Rabiul Akhir,Jamadil Awal. Jamadil Akhir, Rajab, Sya'ban, Ramadhan, Syawal, Dzulkaidah dan Zulhijjah. Tentu sekali ramai tak sabar menunggu Ramadhan antara lain.


Alam Fana dan Alam Barzakh

Berturut-turut negeri Kedah dan kenalan kehilangan dua tokoh terkemuka. Dalam minggu ini kita kehilangan seorang tokoh sejarah dan seorang tokoh senilukis. (Dato) Ismail bin Hj Salleh , dikenali rapat oleh rakan-rakannya sebagai 'Tok Wan' seorang pendidik and ahli sejarah terulung di Kedah serta (Dato) Ibrahim Hussein, pelukis tanah air termashur antarabangsa telah dipanggil pulang ke Alam Barzakh. Mereka telah meninggalkan alam fana ini. Kita hadiahkan ALFATIHAH.


8 comments:

NGINAP SRENGENGE said...

alfatihah untuk kedua tokoh.
Dato' Ismail salleh dari SAHC,dan Dato'Ibrahim Hussein dari ISSP.

Saya kenal Dato' Ibrahim semenjak 1954 di Ibrahim School.Memang sejak muda lagi sudah terkenal kerana lukisannya.Dulu dia terkenal dengan nama samarannya MISLY ( Mohd.Ibrahim Sungai Limau Yan).

Dato'Ismail Salleh memang member Pak Non di KOlej ( SAHC dan Kirkby College).

wassalam.

Uncle Lee said...

Hello KotaStar, Holy Smoke! Mandi safar! You really brought back memories to me now. I had forgotten this part.

When I was 8 years old living in Malacca, every year there would be 'mandi safar', and there would be hundreds of beautiful, gaily colored decorated bullock carts heading towards Klebang and Tanjong Kling passing my house at Limbongan road.

My friends and I would sit outside the house looking, admiring them as they passed slowly by. Lots of times there would be singing too, as well pantuns between the men and women.

Then one year my Malay classmate invited to join him, his parents mandi safar.
And for the 1st time in my life I sat on a bullock cart...though I was not allowed to hold the reins, ha ha.

And we sure had fun at the picnic, eating the fantastic Malay dishes, enjoying games as well swimming in the sea.

I'm glad to know the mandi safar tradition still being carried out. Fantastic celebration and tradition.

Thanks for the memories, Kotastar, you keep well, Lee.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi KotaStar, hey....I love your previous posting of the beautiful resort and buildings.
I love rustic designs....but alamak, seeing the greenery, and behind me now down below semua puteh with ice and snow, ha ha.

I must pay a visit to this place bila I balek kampong one day.

You know, my favorite resort was Tanjong Jara, Trengganu.
That time it was voted by Foreign press as THE MOST beautiful holiday resort in the world.

I used to stay there very often, ahemmm, not alone of course, *wink*, ha ha.
Used to go there on weekends or bila saya chuti.
But on business will stay at Primula Hotel, Trengganu town.

And my favorite town in the East coast was Trengganu. I love that town, plus its noted nasi padang, ikan percik, ayan percik.

There was a coffeeshop by the river, near the pasar I used to go makan nasi lemak for breakfast..."kasi saya tiga bungkus incik", ha ha...and with my iced coffee, I polish off all tiga bungkus, ha ha.

And to me, the best nasi lemaks are 1/ in Alor Star, coffee shop opposite Merlin Hotel, and 2/ the shop in Trengganu.

And you can bet like General MacArthur once said, "I shall return", ha ha.
Best regards, Lee.

KotaStar said...

Dear Lee - Great to see you visiting again. I guess all that 'whitish' things around you must keep you indoor most time. The luxury of communication without having to go to the post office is surely a great help as we are discovering now. Appreciate yr views and we look forward to see you back reliving the good old time. Really good if you can dig out some of those pictures taken in Malacca if any. They would be a historic evidence now. Thanks and keep happy always.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Kotastar, I will be putting up a posting of old days and will be dedicating it to you.
Would it be alright I mention your nama? AKA Kotastar. As well by what you are usually called by your friends?

You will be very familiar with what I will be posting.
Would appreciate your earliest, "boleh" ke "ta'boleh" asap.....either via my Blog comment box or the usual Fedex, *wink*, ha ha.
I am about to finish the construction. Hope to post by tomorrow...my Monday Morning, your Monday night. We 13 hours behind you. Lee.

KotaStar said...

Dear Lee,
Thanks and that means OK. Looking forward.

KotaStar said...

Dear Lee, See the blog entitled Kerisma on the front page. That's mine too. It may remind you of nearby KL..

Desert Rose said...

Pak Cik Kota Setar,

I like ur blog coz its bring me closer to home and remind me of my dad.

My mom's hometown is Naka, Kedah. In fact my grandma is still there living with my uncle who teaches at Gulau (betoi ka??)

My dad is also a pensioner and actively 'buat kebun' d things which he endeavour his heart & soul into. His kebun kat Bukit Air Nasi, Semeling.

My parents are now in Sg Petani....