Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hidden face found under Nefertiti bust

BERLIN – Researchers in Germany have used a modern medical procedure to uncover a secret within one of ancient Egypt's most treasured artworks — the bust of Nefertiti has two faces. A team led by Dr. Alexander Huppertz, director of the Imaging Science Institute at Berlin's Charite hospital and medical school, discovered a detailed stone carving that differs from the external stucco face when they performed a computed tomography, or CT, scan on the bust.
The findings, published Tuesday in the monthly journal Radiology, are the first to show that the stone core of the statue is a highly detailed sculpture of the queen, Huppertz said.

The differences between the faces, though slight — creases at the corners of the mouth, a bump on the nose of the stone version — suggest to Huppertz that someone expressly ordered the adjustments between stone and stucco when royal sculptors immortalized the wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten 3,300 years ago.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mutiara kata hari ini...

Nabi s.a.w bersabda maksudnya : "Rasa malu dan iman adalah sejoli, Bila yang satu lenyap, yang lainnya lenyap pula. "(Riwayat Al-Hakim) "Tidaklah orang-orang itu di perintahkan melainkan supaya menyembah kepada Allah dengan tulus ikhlas. (Bayyinah :5)

Alfonso de Albuquerque

The well known captain who lead this conqured named Alfonso de Albuquerque. He was for some time known as The Great, The Caesar of the East and as The Portuguese Mars. He was created first Duke of Goa by king Manuel I of Portugal shortly before his death, becoming the first Portuguese duke not of the royal family, and the first Portuguese title landed overseas. He attempted to close all the Indian Ocean naval passages to the Atlantic, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and to the Pacific.
In April 1511, he set sail from Goa to
Malacca with a force of some 1200 men and seventeen or eighteen ships.He conquered Malacca by August 24, 1511 after a severe struggle throughout July. Albuquerque remained in Malacca until November 1511 preparing its defences against any Malay counterattack. He ordered the slaughter of all the Muslim population in an effort to reduce religious divergence hoping that it would force Hindus and Muslims to convert to Christianity.He also ordered the first Portuguese ships to sail east in search of the 'Spice Island’ and ‘Maluku’.
Malacca state government has build a replica of confection (a ship that remind the Potugese ) and also Alfonso de Albuquerque.

Friday, March 20, 2009

A trip to Melacca

Last Sunday I went to the most famous historical city, Malacca. I was surprised by seeing a lot of peoples out there enjoyed their school holiday with their children. (No wonder why there were so many people here) UNESCO announced that Malacca is one of the world heritages. A lot of people around the world came to visit Malacca as their favorite destination. I met this lady who’s came from Austria with her husband.

Going by the State government's celebration of the 600th anniversary of the founding in August 1990, it could be deduced that Malacca was founded in 1390 by a prince from Sumatra named Parameswara.
Eventually, he moved up the West Coast of Malaysia and founded Malacca. Legend says that he was resting under a tree when he saw a mouse deer kicking his hunting dogs into the river and they attacked it. Declaring the place to be auspicious, he decided to set up shop and named the place after the tree he was resting under Melaka.
Eventually, Parameswara converted to Islam in 1414 and adopted the title of Sultan. Malacca was also growing into an entrepot hub for traders from across Asia, notably India, Arabia and China. Many Chinese migrants settled here during this time, establishing the
Peranakan culture for the future. Parameswara died in 1424 and was succeeded by his son.
Eventually, the Siamese attempted to conquer Malacca, but their efforts were repelled successfully. To protect their territory, Malacca established contact with the Chinese empire through the explorer Zheng He, culminating in the marriage of Sultan Mansur Shah and
Hang Li Poh, either a Chinese princess or concubine that remains a hot topic for debate till today.
A century later, the
Portuguese came, saw and conquered Malacca in 1511. This was a milestone for the Western colonists looking to extend their empire to the East Indies. Malacca continued to prosper under Portuguese rule until the Dutch came into the picture. With the help of the Sultan of Johor (descended from a Malaccan Sultan), the Dutch captured the port and ruled over it until 1795, where Malacca was ceded to the British under an exchange programme for Batavia (Jakarta) In Indonesia.

The Mummy Returns-Nafertiri

The wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten and perhaps a ruler in her own right after his death, Nefertiti was little more than a historical whisper when, in 1912, an exquisite limestone sculpture of her now-famous face was unearthed at the royal retreat of Amarna. It was more than 3,200 years old, dating from 1345 B.C.Her name, meaning "the beautiful (or perfect) woman has come," prompts some scholars to think that Nefertiti traveled to Egypt from a foreign land. Others theorize she was an Egyptian royal by birth. Still others think it unlikely that she was of royal blood, but that her father was a high government official, a man named Ay, who went on to become pharaoh after Tutankhamen (and, incidentally, may have had a hand in the boy king's death!).

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sinar yang berkilau umpama bintang yg menerangi malam...

Menggamit Keinsafan Sebuah Harapan...itu lah antara ungkapan yg dapat saya luahkan selepas hampir sehari bersama warga Taman Sinar Harapan, Kuala Kubu Bharu, Hulu Selangor hari ini..Menyusuli sinar-sinar mata milik penghuninya mencetuskan rasa keinsafan diri yg sgt mendalam serta kesyukuran yg tak terhingga di sisip dgn rasa simpati bercampur sayang.Kali pertama menjejakkan kaki di bumi sinar harapan 'golongan istimewa' ini, tidak pernah terlintas di fikiran tentang kedaifan hidup yg terpaksa di tanggung penghuninya.Melihatkan gelagat penghuninya yang sentiasa mengalu-alukan kedatangan insan yg sudi menghulurkan tangan menyambut kasih dan perhatian mengundang sebak di hati.Betapa sucinya mereka umpama bayi yg baru dilahirkan,ibarat hanya mengenali kicauan burung yg langsung tak dapat di capai dengan tangan.Itulah sebuah sinar harapan yg di tunggu-tunggu selama ini...Sebuah harapan dan kasih sayang dari insan bergelar hambaNya...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sempena Maulidur Rasul s.a.w 1430 H

Hari ini kita mengingati kelahiran junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad SAW. Tetapi persoalannya apakah kita hanya sekadar menyambutnya begitu sahaja tanpa mahu mengkaji dan mengamalkan segala sunah, perintah dan wasiatnya?
Rasullullah SAW bersabda:
Saya memberikan wasiat kepada kamu semua supaya bertakwa kepada Allah dan mendengar serta mentaati penguasa, sekalipun yang memerintah kamu semua itu adalah hamba sahaya. Sebenarnya sesiapa yang hidup sepeninggalanku akan melihat dan menemui pelbagai macam perselisihan. Oleh itu, tetaplah kamu semua memegang sunahku dan sunah para khalifah yang memperoleh petunjuk yang baik-baik sesudah aku nanti. Gigitlah sunah-sunah itu dengan gigi taringmu sesudah aku nanti (yakni berpeganglah sekuat-kuatnya). Jauhilah olehmu semua perkara yang baru dibuat-buat (yang disebut bidaah), sebab sesungguhnya bidaah adalah sesat.
Demikianlah pesan Rasullullah SAW. Namun cubalah kita merenung keadaan umat Islam sekarang, apakah segala yang dipesan atau diwasiatkan oleh Baginda dilaksanakan?