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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Leader's inaugural speech at NAM Summit

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, 

All praise belongs to Allah, the Lord of the Two Worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon the greatest and trustworthy Messenger and on his pure progeny, his select companions, and all the prophets and divine envoys. 

I welcome you honorable guests, the leaders and delegations representing the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement, and all the other participants of this great international summit. 

We have gathered here to continue a movement with God’s guidance and assistance and to give it new life and momentum on the basis of the current conditions and needs in the world. The movement was founded almost six decades ago thanks to the intelligence, time awareness, and courage of a few caring and responsible political leaders who were aware of the conditions and circumstances of their time. 

Our guests have gathered here from different geographical locations, far and near, and they belong to different nationalities and races with different ideological, cultural, historical and inherited characteristics, but just as Ahmad Sukarno, one of the founders of this movement said in the famous Bandung Conference in the year 1956, the basis of establishing the Non-Aligned Movement is not geographical or racial and religious unity, but rather unity of needs. At that time, the member states of the Non-Aligned Movement were in need of a bond that could safeguard them against authoritarian, arrogant and insatiable networks and today with the progress and spread of the instruments of hegemony, this need still exists. 

I would like to point out another truth. Islam has taught us that in spite of their racial, linguistic and cultural differences, human beings share the same nature, which calls them to purity, justice, benevolence, compassion and cooperation. It is this universal human nature which - if it can safely steer away from misleading motives - guides human beings to monotheism and understanding of God’s transcendent essence. 

This brilliant truth has such potential that can form the foundation of societies which are free and proud and at the same time enjoy progress and justice. It can extend the light of spirituality to all material and worldly endeavors of humankind and can create a paradise on earth for human beings in advance of the other-worldly paradise, which has been promised by divine religions. And it is this common and universal truth that can form the foundation of brotherly cooperation among the nations that do not share any similarities in terms of outward structures, historical background and geographical location. 

Whenever international cooperation is based on such a foundation, governments will build their relations with each other not on the basis of fear and threats, or greed and unilateral interests, or mediation of treacherous and venal individuals, but on the basis of wholesome and shared interests and more importantly, the interests of humanity. In this way, governments can relieve their awakened consciences and put the minds of their peoples at ease. 

This ideal order is the exact opposite of the hegemonic order, which has been upheld, propagandized and led by hegemonic Western powers in the recent centuries and by the domineering and aggressive government of America today. 

Dear guests, today after the passage of nearly six decades, the main ideals of the Non-Aligned Movement remain alive and steady: ideals such as anti-colonialism, political, economic and cultural independence, non-alignment with any power blocs, and improving solidarity and cooperation among the member states. The realities of today’s world fall short of those values, but the collective will and comprehensive efforts to go beyond the realities and materialize these ideals, though full of challenges, are promising and rewarding. 

In the recent past, we have witnessed the failure of the policies of the Cold War era and the unilateralism that followed it. Having learnt lessons from this historical experience, the world is in transition towards a new international order and the Non-Aligned Movement can and should play a new role. This new order should be based on public participation and equal rights for all nations. And as members of this movement, our solidarity is an obvious necessity in the current era for establishing this new order. 

Fortunately, the outlook of global developments promises a multifaceted system in which the traditional power blocs are replaced with a group of countries, cultures and civilizations from different economic, social and political origins. The striking events that we have witnessed over the past three decades clearly show that the emergence of new powers has coincided with the decline of the traditional powers. This gradual transition of power provides the non-aligned countries with an opportunity to play a significant and worthy role on the world stage and prepare the ground for a just and truly participatory global management. In spite of varying perspectives and orientations, we member states of this movement have managed to preserve our solidarity and bond over a long period of time within the framework of the shared ideals and this is not a simple and small achievement. This bond can prepare the ground for transitioning to a just and humane order. 

Current global conditions provide the Non-Aligned Movement with an opportunity that might never arise again. Our view is that the control room of the world should not be managed by the dictatorial will of a few Western countries. It should be possible to establish and ensure a participatory system for managing international affairs, one that is global and democratic. This is what is needed by all the countries that have been directly or indirectly harmed as a result of the transgression of a few bullying and hegemonic countries. 

The UN Security Council has an illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic structure and mechanism. This is a flagrant form of dictatorship, which is antiquated and obsolete and whose expiry date has passed. It is through abusing this improper mechanism that America and its accomplices have managed to disguise their bullying as noble concepts and impose them on the world. They protect the interests of the West in the name of “human rights.” They interfere militarily in other countries in the name of “democracy.” They target defenseless people in villages and cities with their bombs and weapons in the name of “fighting terrorism.” From their perspective, humanity is divided into first-, second- and third-class citizens. Human life is considered cheap in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and expensive in America and Western Europe. The security of America and Europe is considered important, while the security of the rest of humanity is considered unimportant. Torture and assassination are permissible and can be completely overlooked if they are carried out by America, the Zionists and their puppets. It does not trouble their conscience that they have secret prisons in various places on different continents, in which defenseless prisoners who have no legal representation and have not been tried in a court of law are treated in the most hideous and detestable way. Good and evil are defined in a completely one-sided and selective way. They impose their interests on the nations of the world in the name of “international law.” They impose their domineering and illegal words in the name of “international community.” Using their exclusive and organized media network, they disguise their lies as the truth, their falsehood as true, and their oppression as efforts to promote justice. In contrast, they brand as lies every true statement that exposes their deceit and label every legitimate demand as roguish. 

Friends, this flawed and harmful situation cannot continue. Everybody has become tired of this faulty international structure. The 99-percent movement of the American people against the centers of wealth and power in America and the popular protests in Western Europe against the economic policies of their governments show that the people are losing their patience with this situation. It is necessary to remedy this irrational situation. Firm, logical and comprehensive bonds between member states of the Non-Aligned Movement can have a profound effect on finding and administering a remedy. 

Honorable audience, international peace and security are among the critical issues of today’s world and the elimination of catastrophic weapons of mass destruction is an urgent necessity and a universal demand. In today’s world, security is a shared need where there is no room for discrimination. Those who stockpile their anti-human weapons in their arsenals do not have the right to declare themselves as standard-bearers of global security. Undoubtedly, this will not bring about security for themselves either. It is most unfortunate to see that countries possessing the largest nuclear arsenals have no serious and genuine intention of removing these deadly weapons from their military doctrines and they still consider such weapons as an instrument that dispels threats and as an important standard that defines their political and international position. This conception needs to be completely rejected and condemned. 

Nuclear weapons neither ensure security, nor do they consolidate political power; rather they are a threat to both security and political power. The events that took place in the 1990s showed that the possession of such weapons could not even safeguard a regime like the former Soviet Union. And today we see certain countries which are exposed to waves of deadly insecurity despite possessing atomic bombs. 

The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the use of nuclear, chemical and similar weapons as a great and unforgivable sin. We proposed the idea of “Middle East free of nuclear weapons” and we are committed to it. This does not mean forgoing our right to peaceful use of nuclear power and production of nuclear fuel. On the basis of international laws, peaceful use of nuclear energy is a right of every country. All should be able to employ this wholesome source of energy for various vital uses of their country and people, without having to depend on others for exercising this right. Some Western countries, themselves possessing nuclear weapons and guilty of this illegal action, want to monopolize the production of nuclear fuel. Surreptitious moves are under way to consolidate a permanent monopoly over production and sale of nuclear fuel in centers carrying an international label but in fact within the control of a few Western countries. 

A bitter irony of our era is that the U.S. government, which possesses the largest and deadliest stockpiles of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction and the only country guilty of its use, is today eager to carry the banner of opposition to nuclear proliferation. The U.S. and its Western allies have armed the usurper Zionist regime with nuclear weapons and created a major threat for this sensitive region. Yet the same deceitful group does not tolerate the peaceful use of nuclear energy by independent countries, and even opposes, with all its strength, the production of nuclear fuel for radiopharmaceuticals and other peaceful and humane purposes. Their pretext is fear of production of nuclear weapons. In the case of the Islamic Republic of Iran, they themselves know that they are lying, but lies are sanctioned by the kind of politics that is completely devoid of the slightest trace of spirituality. One who makes nuclear threats in the 21st century and does not feel ashamed, will he feel ashamed of lying? 

I stress that the Islamic Republic has never been after nuclear weapons and that it will never give up the right of its people to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Our motto is: “Nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none.” We will insist on each of these two precepts, and we know that breaking the monopoly of certain Western countries on production of nuclear energy in the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty is in the interest of all independent countries, including the members of the Non-Aligned Movement. 

The Islamic Republic's successful experience in resistance against the bullying and comprehensive pressures by America and its allies has firmly convinced it that the resistance of a unified and firmly determined nation can overcome all enmities and hostilities and open a glorious path to its lofty goals. The comprehensive advances made by our country in the last two decades are facts for all to see, as repeatedly attested by official international observers. All this has happened under sanctions, economic pressures and propaganda campaigns by networks affiliated with America and Zionism. The sanctions, which were regarded as paralyzing by nonsensical commentators, not only did not and will not paralyze us, but have made our steps steadier, elevated our resolve and strengthened our confidence in the correctness of our analyses and the inborn capacities of our nation. We have with our own eyes repeatedly witnessed divine assistance in these challenges. 

Honored guests, I deem it necessary to speak about a very important issue, which though related to our region has dimensions extending far beyond it and which has influenced global policies for several decades. This issue is the agonizing issue of Palestine. The summary of this matter is that on the basis of a horrible Western plot and under the direction of England in the 1940s, an independent country with a clear historical identity called “Palestine” has been taken away from its people through the use of weapons, killings and deception and has been given to a group of people the majority of whom are immigrants from European countries. This great usurpation - which at the outset was accompanied with massacres of defenseless people in towns and villages and their expulsion from their homes and homeland to bordering countries - has continued for more than six decades with similar crimes and continues to this very day. This is one of the most important issues of the human community. 

Political and military leaders of the usurping Zionist regime have not avoided any crimes during this time: from killing the people, destroying their homes and farms and arresting and torturing men and women and even their children, to humiliating and insulting that nation and trying to destroy it in order to digest it in the haraam-eating stomach of the Zionist regime, to attacking their refugee camps in Palestine itself and in the neighboring countries where millions of refugees live. Such names as Sabra and Shatila, Qana and Deir Yasin have been etched in the history of our region with the blood of the oppressed Palestinian people. 
Even now after 65 years the same kind of crimes marks the treatment of Palestinians remaining in the occupied territories by the ferocious Zionist wolves. They commit new crimes one after the other and create new crises for the region. Hardly a day passes without reports of murder, injury and arrests of the youth who stand up to defend their homeland and their honor and protest against the destruction of their farms and homes. The Zionist regime, which has carried out assassinations and caused conflicts and crimes for decades by waging disastrous wars, killing people, occupying Arab territories and organizing state-sponsored terrorism in the region and in the world, labels the Palestinian people as “terrorists”, the people who have stood up to fight for their rights. And the media networks which belong to Zionism and many of the Western and mercenary media repeat this great lie in violation of ethical values and journalistic commitment, and the political leaders who claim to defend human rights have closed their eyes on all these crimes and support that criminal regime shamelessly and boldly and assume the role of their advocates. 

Our standpoint is that Palestine belongs to the Palestinians and that continuing its occupation is a great and intolerable injustice and a major threat to global peace and security. All solutions suggested and followed up by the Westerners and their affiliates for “resolving the problem of Palestine” have been wrong and unsuccessful, and it will remain so in the future. We have put forth a just and entirely democratic solution. All the Palestinians - both the current citizens of Palestine and those who have been forced to immigrate to other countries but have preserved their Palestinian identity, including Muslims, Christians and Jews - should take part in a carefully supervised and confidence-building referendum and choose the political system of their country, and all the Palestinians who have suffered from years of exile should return to their country and take part in this referendum and then help draft a Constitution and hold elections. Peace will then be established. 

Now I would like to give a benevolent piece of advice to American politicians who always stood up to defend and support the Zionist regime. So far, this regime has created countless problems for you. It has presented a hateful image of you to the regional peoples, and it has made you look like an accomplice in the crimes of the usurping Zionists. The material and moral costs borne by the American government and people on account of this are staggering, and if this continues, the costs might become even heavier in the future. Think about the Islamic Republic's proposal of a referendum and with a courageous decision, rescue yourselves from the current impossible situation. Undoubtedly, the people of the region and all free-thinkers across the world will welcome this measure. 

Honorable guests, now I would like to return to my initial point. Global conditions are sensitive and the world is passing through a crucial historical juncture. It is anticipated that a new order shall be born. The Non-Aligned Movement, which includes almost two-thirds of the world community, can play a major role in shaping that future. The holding of this major conference in Tehran is itself a significant event to be taken into consideration. By pooling our resources and capacities, we members of this movement can create a new historic and lasting role towards rescuing the world from insecurity, war and hegemony. 

This goal can be achieved only through our comprehensive cooperation with each other. There are among us quite a few countries that are very wealthy and countries that enjoy international influence. It is completely possible to find solutions for problems through economic and media cooperation and through passing on experiences that help us improve and make progress. We need to strengthen our determination. We need to remain faithful to our goals. We should not fear the bullying powers when they frown at us, nor should we become happy when they smile at us. We should consider the will of God and the laws of creation as our support. We should learn lessons from what happened to the communist camp two decades ago and from the failure of the policies of so-called “Western liberal democracy” at the present time, whose signs can be seen by everybody in the streets of European countries and America and in the insoluble economic problems of these countries. And finally, we should consider the Islamic Awakening in the region and the fall of the dictatorships in North Africa, which were dependent on America and were accomplices to the Zionist regime, as a great opportunity. We can help improve the “political productivity” of the Non-Aligned Movement in global governance. We can prepare a historic document aimed to bring about a change in this governance and to provide for its administrative tools. We can plan for effective economic cooperation and define paradigms for cultural relations among ourselves. Undoubtedly, establishing an active and motivated secretariat for this organization will be a great and significant help in achieving these goals. 

Thank you. 


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Masuklah Syurga Dengan RahmatKu

Malaikat Jibril bercerita kepada Nabi Muhammad bahwa ada seorang hamba Allah yang beribadah selama lima ratus tahun  di atas puncak gunung yang dikelilingi oleh lautan. Di bawah gunung itu ada mata air yang  selalu mengeluarkan air  tawar dan pohon delima yang setiap hari berbuah. Setiap hari si hamba ini memakan buah delima dan meminum air tawar sembari berwudlu untuk beribadah bersembahyang. Dalam setiap doanya dia selalu meminta agar dicabut nyawanya ketika bersujud dan doanya dikabulkan oleh Allah dengan memerintahakan kepada Malaikat pencabut nyawa untuk mencabut rohnya ketika bersujud.
Ketika dibangkitkan dihari kiamat , Allah berfirman kepada malaikatNya:
“Masukkan hamba-Ku ini di syurga karna rahmat-Ku!”.
Demi mendengar firman Tuhan ini,  hamba Allah tadi merasa tersinggung karna seluruh pengabdiannya yang mencapai 500 tahun tidak disebutkan sebagai penyebab masuknya ke dalam syurga.
“Tentu saja dengan rahmat-Mu Wahai Tuhan!, Namun juga dengan ibadahku itu ..” Protes hamba Allah tadi.
Tuhanpun memerintahkan kepada Malaikat Nya untuk menyiapkan “Very-Very High precision Scale” Timbangan akhirat yang super canggih dan super teliti. Kemudian Allah memerintahkan agar nikmat mata si hamba itu ditimbang dengan ibadah yang selama 500 tahun non stop tersebut. Di luar dugaan dan bahkan Malaikatpun kaget karna ibadah yang sedemikian lamanya tidak mampu mengimbangi nikmat sepasang mata!!, ketika akan dilanjutkan kepada anggota tubuh yang lainAllah berfirman:
“Cukup wahai Malaikat Ku!!..itu sudah cukup sebagai bukti , sekarang seret hamba-Ku ini ke neraka! siapkan tempat di neraka untuknya!”
Mendengar perintah ini para malaikat penjaga neraka dengan segera merespon dengan angker dan wajah-wajah tak kenal ampun menyeretnya ke neraka, tiba -tiba dia berteriak dan memohon dengan memelas:
“Masukkan aku ke syurga Mu dengan rahmat -Mu wahai Tuhan-ku!”
Para Malaikat yang telah menyeretnya demi mendengar permohonan  yang disertai kata-kata “dengan rahmat-Mu” menjadi bimbang..mungkin ini sebuah password bagi mereka.Akhirnya para malaikat kembali membawa hamba ini ke hadapan Tuhan. Untuk memberi pelajaran kepada si hamba Allah menginterogasi kalau-kalau dia hanya sekedar mengelabu para malaikat.
“Siapa yang menciptakan kamu?” Tanya Tuhan.
“Engkau wahai Gusti” Jawabnya.
“Apakah itu karna amalmu atau rahmat-Ku?’Tanya Tuhan.
“Karna rahmat-Mu wahai Gusti.”Jawabnya memelas
“Siapa yang memberimu kekuatan untuk beribadah 500 tahun di puncak gunung yang dikelilingi oleh air lautan yang asin sedangkan siapa yang  memberimu air tawar dan menumbuhkan untukmu pohon delima delima yang berbuah setiap hari padahal pohon delima pada umumnya hanya berbuah setiap  tahun sekali dan siapa pula yang mengambil rohmu di kala kamu bersujud?” Tanya Tuhan.
“Engkau wahai Gusti.”Jawabnya memelas.
” Itu semua karna rahmat-Ku dan dengan rahmat-Ku pula masuklahkamu  syurga!” Firman Allah yang disambut sukacita oleh malaikat penjaga syurga dan dimasukkanlah hamba tadi ke dalam syurga setelah melewati drama yang cukup menegangkan karna resikonya teramat fatal. Berbeda dengan kisah drama di dunia setelah adegan kematian , sang aktor bisa kembali tertawa setelah pengambilan gambar dihentikan.
Pembaca  yang budiman!!, banyak sekali orang yang merasa lebih baik ibadahnya dari yang lain sampai mengecap orang lain sesat atau bahkan merusak tempat ibadah mereka, merusak rumah -rumah mereka. Mereka lupa bahwa dengan ibadah yang melampaui 500 tahun tanpa kemaksiatan pun tak bisa membeli harga syurga, mereka lupa bahwa ibadah yang melampau 500 tahun tanpa kemaksiatanpun tak bisa melebihi nikmat sepasang mata!! satu yang bisa membeli harga syurga yakni “Rahmat” Allah” kasih sayang-Nya yang digapai dengan ibadah yang dibarengi dengan sifat ketawadluan ,rendah diri dan menjauhkan diri dari dengki.  Bukankah iblis lebih dekat kepada Allah ketimbang para Malaikat sebelum perintah agar bersujud kepada Adam?? yang dengan sombong menolak perintah ini karna merasa lebih baik ibadahnya. Mari kita  berlindung kepada-Nya dari semua ini.
Dinarasikan kembali oleh ;
Nurkholis Ghufron

Thursday, August 23, 2012

GNB di Teheran: Antara SBY dan Ban Kii Moon.

Jauh hari sebelum acara konfrensi Non Blok digelar di Teheran pada akhir Agustus ini , Iran sudah mengutus Wapresnya Ebrahim Azizi untuk mengundang secara langsung presiden Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agar menghadiri konfrensi negara-negara yang tidak menganut blok manapun.
Berbeda dengan dengan pemimpin Indonesia, beberapa pemimpin kelas dunia sudah memutuskan untuk menghadiri acara tersebut seperti Korut,India, Mesir dan bahkan sekjen PBB Ban Kii Moon. Sikap pemimpin Indonesia tak ubahnya seperti dalam menghadapi hal hal krusial dalam negri yang selalu “loading”  (istilah per-hp-an). Loading ini akan bertambah parah mana kala disusupi pertimbangan yang bisa mencederai hubungan baik dengan sang Paman, Sam. Padahal undangan ini sudah disampaikan secara langsung pada  hari Jumat, 22 Juni 2012 , seharusnya sudah dapat memutuskan tentang kehadiran dan tidaknya hari hari kemarin sebelum pemimpin negara lain memutuskan karna Indonesia nampaknya mendapat perlakuan khusus dari Iran dan kabarnya staf-staf yang akan meningkatkan hubungan bilateral juga sudah disiapkan oleh Iran.
Berbeda dengan konfrensi GNB di tempat manapun di dunia yang mendapat sambutan hangat dari Amerika dan anak emasnya Israel, GNB kali ini mendapatkan sorotan serius dari kedua negara ini  yang tidak menginginkan Iran mendapat angin segar untuk menuai dukungan atas program nuklir dan segudang masalah yang dihadapi Iran karna aksi sepihak yang dimotori oleh dua negara ini.
Meski kental dengan rivalitas sengit , keputusan mengejutkan datang dari Sekretaris Jendral PBB Ban Kii Moon yang akan menghadiri KTT ini keputusan  mana menjadikan Israel dan Amerika kebakaran jenggot. Tentangan sangat keras datang dari Netanyahu , perdana mentri Israel yang mengusuh dalih bahwa Iran tidak mengakui adanya Holocaust dan bahkan menyangkal keberadaan Israel. Namun Ban menolak dalih Israel tersebut bahwa t idaklah bijaksana untuk tidak menghadiri KTT ini karna Iran adalah anggota organisasi International yang dipimpinnya dan tidak menghadiri KTT ini bukanlah pilihan yang tepat
Tak bisa dipungkiri, Iran memang menaruh harapan besar  kepada Indonesia untuk sama-sama menjadi pioner dalam menghadapi hegemonitas Amerika dan ketidakadilan yang dimainkannya di kancah dunia. Beralasan pada beberapa kesamaan latarbelakang agama dan budaya serta sama-sama menjadi founding fathernya GNB yang membidani kelahirannya di kala perseteruan blok barat dan timur memanas pada beberapa dekade sebelum era Millenium, hal ini tidaklah berlebihan. Justru akan terdengar aneh jika menjadi pengekor salah satu blok sedangkan keikutsertaan di dalam GNB tidak ditanggalkan sehingga identitas menjadi jelas “totally inside or outside”.
Di luar memanasnya pro dan kontra GNB kali ini , yang pasti akan menjadikan Amerika dan Israel panas dingin sambil melihat detak jam agar hari-hari dilaksanakannya KTT ini cepat berlalu agar sesak di dada pempimpinnya ini terlepas bebas.
Beyond that..keputusan SBY untuk hadir dan tidak akan memperjelas “loading”itas yang selama ini selalu menjadi tontonan yang membosankan.
Nurkholis Ghufron

Friday, August 17, 2012

Iranian Tomcat

he first and only country to receive F-14 Tomcat was, The Nirouyeh Havaiyeh Shahanshahiye Iran, or Imperial Iranian Air Force.
Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat had regularly been flying unrestricted over Iranian territory, and IIAF had no mean of intercepting these high-speed intruders. Thus, the search for a new fighter/interceptor begun. Iranian pilots were virtually flown and tested every fighter available at the time including MiG's (some done secretly in other countries). The final report which indicated pro's and con's of each fighter suggested the F-14 Tomcat and F-15 Eagle as the best fighters. In August of 1973, the IIAF selected the F-14 Tomcat ( From 1970 Iraq was in contact with French government to equip their Air Force with Mirage F-1, this was another factor for IIAF to choose F-14 and start planning for purchase, operation and training for F-14). The initial order signed in January of 1974 covered 30 Tomcats, but in June 50 more were added to the contract.At the same time, the Iranian government-owned Bank-e-Melli stepped in, and agreed to loan Grumman $75 million to partially make up for a US government loan of $200 million to Grumman, which had just been cancelled. This loan save the F-14 program and enabled Grumman to secure a further loan of $125 million from a consortium of American banks, ensuring at least for the moment that the F-14 program would continue. Thanks to Bank-e-Melli.

The Iranian Tomcats were virtually identical to the US Navy version, with only a few classified avionics items being omitted. The base site for Iranian Tomcat operations was at Isfahan’s (Khatami Air Force Base) and 1 Squadron at Shiraz Tactical Fighter Base. Imperial Iranian Air Force aircrews began to arrive in the USA for training in May of 1974,The crew were mainly veteran F-4 pilots.
The first 4 pilots who came to "Miramar Naval Base" in California for F-14 training were:
General Abdolhosain Minousepehr (Commander of Khatami AFB).
Major Mojtaba Zangeneh
Major Mohammad Farahawar
Capt. Kazem Heidarzadeh
Shortly after, the second group went to "Oceana Naval Base" in Virginia. They were:
Capt. Jamshid Afshar.
Capt. Hosein Taghdis.
Capt. Hassan Afghantoloee.
Capt. Jalil Moslemi.
Capt. Abolfazl Hooshyar.
Capt. Reza Attaee.
Capt. Bahram Ghaneii.
Capt. Mohammad Pyrasteh.
Capt. Abbas Amiraslani.
Capt. Shahram Roostami.
Capt. Javad Shookraii.
After completion of F-14 training in USA they became F-14 Instructor pilots. After returning to Isfahan they started training the rest of the pilots with the cooperation of 4 American F-14 Instructors which was part of contract.
Major Farahawar flew one of the F-14 from USA to Iran.
Major Zangeneh was the Iranian pilot who tested the "Phoenix" missile in USA.
(The Islamic regime purged all of them from Air Force, except "Rostami" and "Attaee" .)

The Iranian Tomcats were fairly late on the production line, and were therefore delivered with the TF30-P-414 engine, which was much safer than the compressor-stall-prone P-412 engine. The first 2 of 79 Tomcats arrived in Iran in January of 1976. By May of 1977, when Iran celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Royal House, 12 had been delivered. At this time, the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbats were still making a nuisance of themselves by flying over Iran, and the Shah ordered live firing tests of the Phoenix to be carried out as a warning. In August of 1977, IIAF crews shot down a BQM-34E drone flying at 50,000 feet, and the Soviets took the hint and Foxbat over flights promptly ended.

The IIAF Tomcats bore the US Navy serial numbers of 160299/160378, and were assigned the IIAF serial numbers 3-863 to 3-892 and 3-6001 to 3-6050. The last of 79 Tomcats were delivered to Iran in 1978. The last Iranian Tomcat (BuNo 170378) was retained in the USA for use as a test bed. Iran also ordered 714 AIM-54A Phoenix missiles, but only 284 had been delivered at the time. Toward the end of the 1970s most suppliers were cancelled by the new government, including an order for 400 AIM-54A Phoenix missiles.

Imposition of a strict arms embargo against Iran by the West caused a severe spare parts and maintenance problem, with many pilots and maintenance personnel following the Shah into exile. As a result, by 1980 the Iranian Air Force was only a shadow of its former self. This embargo was to have an especially severe long-term effect on the Tomcat fleet, since the embargo prevented the delivery of any spares.

The Iran-Iraq war began on September 22, 1980 with an Iraqi air attack on six Iranian air bases and four Iranian army bases. It was followed by an Iraqi land attack at four points along a 700-kilometer front. Air power did not play a dominant role in the Iran-Iraq war. During the first phase of the war, Iranian aircraft had the fuel and the endurance to win most of these aerial encounters, either by killing Iraqi aircraft with their first shot of an AIM-9 sidewinder or else by forcing Iraqi fighters to withdraw. Iranian pilots had the edge in training and experience, but as the war dragged on, this edge was gradually lost because of the repeated purges within the ranks of the Iranian officers which removed experienced officers and pilots who were suspected of disloyalty to the Islamic regime. The Iranians could not generate more than 30-60 sorties per day, whereas the number of sorties that Iraq could mount steadily increased year after year, reaching a peak as high as 600 in 1986-88.

It is extremely difficult to get any reliable estimates of just how many Iranian F-14As were in service at any one time during the war, with planes having been deliberately cannibalized to keep some flying. In the summer of 1984, it is estimated that Iran could fly only 15-20 Tomcats, maintaining them largely by cannibalization. Very often, Tomcat served in a mini-AWACS role by virtue of their powerful radars and was deliberately not risked in combat.

The Iraqi high command had order all it's pilots not to engage with F-14 and do not get close if F-14 is known to be operating in the area. Usually the presence of Tomcats was enough to scare the enemy and send the Iraqi fighters back.

The Iranian F-14s scored most of their kills with AIM-54A Phoenix missiles during the war with Iraq losing only one Tomcat in combat when it got cut off-guard by a MiG-21 (Pilot "Ale Agha" and Rio...??. Lost their life).
Another Tomcat was lost due to loss of control when the aircraft entered in spin (Both pilot and RIO Ejected).
And a Ground to air missile hit another Tomcat over "Khark" island (Pilot was Capt. Hazin).
It is documented that Iranian F-14As have shot down Iraqi fighters, including Mirage F1s, SU-22, MiG-21, MiG-23, and MiG-25. An Iranian Tomcat scored a kill against an Iraqi Mirage F1 as late as the spring of 1988.

Iranian capabilities in this area may have taken place on February 11, 1985, when 25 Iranian F-14A Tomcats took a mass fly by over Tehran. In spite of the Western arms embargo, Iran been able to maintain a more-or-less steady supply of spare parts for its fleet of Tomcats, from Iranian aircraft industries based at 1st tactical air base in Tehran. The number of Tomcats in service with Iran is reported as many as 60 aircrafts. Some of these parts also seem to have been smuggled into Iran by Israel. Also there is rumor of Russians provided assistance to upgrade tomcats aging airframe. US government supplied arms to Iran in exchange for its assistance in getting hostages held in Lebanon released.

However, the AN/AWG-9 radar is certainly operational, and the Iranian Tomcats can fire AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles. Most Iranian Tomcats flew with a missile load of four Sparrows and two Sidewinders.

Rumors had been going about that Iranian F-14As had been fitted with the Russian made engine and ejection seat and has the capability to launch air-to-surface anti-ship missiles.

PERFORMANCE of Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Wing span: 19,45 m. (wings forward)

Wing span: 11,65 m. (wings swept)

Length: 19,10 m.

Height: 4,88 m.

Max. speed: Mach 2.34 (2517 km/h, 1564 mph.)

Empty weight: 39,310 lbs.(17830 kg.)

Max. weight: 74,348 lbs.(33724 kg.)

Power plant: two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-414 afterburning turbofans

Thrust: 14,000 lbs.(6350 kg.) each

With Afterburner: 20,900 lbs.(9480 kg.) each

Iranian Tomcats Serials

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160375 F-14A 3-8047
160376 F-14A 3-8048
160377 F-14A 3-8049 Remained in the U.S.A. for testing.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Iedul Fitri di Amerika…Habis Sholat Masuk Kerja

Kakak Saya,Mashuri , ketika sholat di Newyork

Sejak tahun 2008 saya mengamati masalah Iedul fitri di Amerika ini. Kadang kala saya menelpon kakak saya yang kebetulan bekerja di sana. Meski kakak saya selama di Indonesia tidak terlalu relijius namun ‘iman’ nya justru mengalami perbaikan ketika hijrah ke negri yang mana Islam menjadi minoritas. Nampaknya interaksi antar pekerja muslim dan kesulitan  yang harus dialami ketika jauh dari keluarga menjadikannya sadar akan makna spiritualitas.
Yang menjadikan saya kagum adalah ketika di Indonesia dengan rentang waktu puasa yang hanya sekitar 14 jam sampai lima belas jam beliau sering bolong bolong alia ‘mokel’ dalam bahasa jawa (maaf bukan sara), namun ketika saya mengkonfirmasi berapa lama Muslim Amerika menjalani puasa ,maka jawabannya adalah 19 jam!. terpaut sekitar  4-5 jam dengan Indonesia. Saya tanya apa kuat puasa? . beliau jawab
” Alhamdulillah.”
Sungguh ini menunjukkan keadilan Tuhan.Tuhan tidak akan membebani hambaNya melebihi kekuatan makhluq Nya.Walaupun menjadi Kuli di negri orang dengan lama puasa yang lebih dari 15 jam perhari ,kenyataannya adalah tidak menghentikan aktivitas seberat itu. Tidaklah  berlebihan jika Hakeem Olajuwon selalu mempertahankan puasanya walaupun dalam laga tersengit sekalipun karna dia mempunyai keyakinan bahwa Ramadhan adalah anugrah luar biasa bagi Muslim danRamadhan bukanlah bulan untuk memandulkan aktivitas,  sayang untuk ditinggalkan hanya karna mengejar prestasi dunia. Bagi penonton di lapangan basket ketika Hakeem berlaga dengan cantik dan menawannya sama sekali tidak menyadari bahwa dia mengalahkan seluruh pemain lawan dengan tetap mempertahankan makan dan minum selama 19 jam!.
Ketika ritual puasa Ramadhanitu selesei,maka berbondong bondonglah jutaan Muslim Amerika ke tempat tempat di mana sholat Ied dijadwalkan untuk dilaksanakan. Wajah wajah kulit hitam berbaur dengan kulit putih tanpa canggung. Terlihat dengan jelas imigran dari negara negara Muslim yang sedang berkembang seperti Srilangka, Pakistan , India , Indonesia dan masih banyak lagi memenuhi  ruangan tertutp dan terbuka yang telah disiapkan untuk pelaksanaan sholat Ied ini.
Apa yang menjadi perbedaan non fisik dari pergerakan pergerakan ke arah pelaksanaan ibadah di Amerika dan di Indonesia  adalah militansinya yang bisa mengalahkan militansi pemeluk islam di mayoritas negara berpenduduk Muslim. Bayangkan  saja, dengan perayaan yang begitu sakral setelah sebulan penuh berpuasa yang melebihi waktu di negara negara tropis mereka tidak memprotes negara Adidaya tersebut atas pemberlakuan hari masuk kerja. Betapa kuatnya mental mereka! betapa militannya mereka! Muslim sekarang menjadi minoritas ke dua bro !! benar…Muslim telah menyalip Yahudi  dalam jumlah pemeluknya. Muslim Amerika telah setara dalam prosentase dengan Katolik Indonesia bahkan lebih yakni 3 - 5 prosen dari total penduduk Amerika. Namun manakah yang lebih baik perlakuannya terhadap minoritas…Indonesia yang kerap disebut pelanggar Ham atau Amerika yang disebut “Dewa Ham”.
Kabarnya mereka harus berpacu dengan waktu ketika habis menunaikan sholat Iedul fitri.Yang saya tidak habis fikir adalah..kalau tempat sholat Ied itu dekat dengan tempat kerja tak masalah tapi di sana bahkan harus menempuh perjalanan 2 jam ke tempat sholat Ied bandingkan dengan kita yang hanya 1-5 menitan sudah sampai. Betapa militannya Muslim di Amerika!. Muhammad Ali ketika pensiun dan menderita Parkinson Syndrome mengatakan bahwa dia tidak membutuhkan simpati dan dia hanya ingin menerima kehendak Allah. Pada kenyataannya, dia berkata tidak ada idola dalam Islam dan itu mungkin karena dia telah dijadikan idola oleh berjuta-juta orang, Allah merendahkannya untuk mengingatkannya pada kenyataan bahwa tak ada seorang pun yang lebih hebat dari Allah.
OOh betapa militannya Muslim Amerika…
Nurkholis ghufron

Mendadak Reliji

Istilah mendadak dangdut menjadi begitu populer dalam beberapa tahun yang lalu meskipun sekarang sudah meredup. Saya sebenarnya merasa aneh dengan istilah itu pada waktu waktu pertama mendengar sebelum booming.Aneh gitu loo.. Karna biasanya setelah kata mendadak itu penjelasan dengan kata sifat yang bermakna ekstrim. Misalkan ada orang miskin maka kata mendadak akan berdampingan dengan  kata kaya.Misalkan dalam kalimat sebelumnya ada orang suka bicara maka kata mendadak akan berdampingan dengan kata diam. Itulah ekstrim yang saya maksud. Lha ini “mendadak dangdut”,apa yang ekstrim dari kat a dangdut wong sebelum sebelumnya juga suka dangdutan..tapi boleh juga..apa  yang gak mungkin dalam hidup sekarang.Bahasa Indonesia pun akan mengikuti perkembangan jaman.
Apa korelasi antara mendadak dengan Ramadhan yang selalu menjadi  topik romantis  di pelbagai media massa. Korelasinya adalah ‘mendadak reliji’. Apapun aksesoris yang berbau agama sebelu Ramadhan tidak begitu laku dijual maka dalam bulan Ramadhan itu menjadi laris manis…itulah Mendadak reliji. Istilah ‘islami’ yang kadang sulit meluncur dari bibir para artis namun dalambulan ramadhan ‘mendadak meluncur’, jilbab yang enggan membalut tubuh para artis , pada bulan Ramadhan mendadak membalut. Bahkan Pak Jokowi pun mendadak umrah…hehe jangan sampai kebakaran jenggot ya penggemar pak Jokowi.
Eith…apa fenomena mendadak seperti ini berarti perlu dikritisi dengan melabeli negativ?? nggak juga. Mendadak seperti diatas adalah baik selama dibarengi dengan  kontinyuitas pasca Ramadhan dan bukan  hanya lipstik semata. Buktinya saya juga pada tanggal 11 Agustus 2012 “Mendadak Kompasiana”…..
Nurkholis Ghufron

Never Trouble Trouble Till Trouble Troubles You

Irwandi Guchi
Ust.Irwandi Gucci
I have learned this quote twenty years ago or more. Every time my english teacher mr Irwandi Ghuchi entered my class, he was obliged ( I thought) to insert the wise word among the regular lesson to enhance the spirit of the student.
One of the quote that still remind in my heart for years is “Never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you ,it only double trouble and troubles others too”
I still do not understand the meaning of  it until i googled in the search engine to verify the true meaning. The fact that suddenly shocked me was that even the english man still was not sure the meaning of this quote, so i choose the best from the pile  of  ideas across the articles that i can rely upon it .
It says ” this means that do not chase the trouble till trouble chases you.Do not get involved with the trouble , let it go wherever it wants to go, do not touch it untill it really touchs you”
This wise word is very relevant to our daily life. How many people suffer from bunch of adversaries because of  what he did the past ?? How many people plunge into the valley of misery because of  avenging  the trouble that if we let it go nothing would harm us. How  many divorces in family because we pay too much intention to small thing that we do not even discuss  the big one before marriage??
So let say “never trouble trouble till trouble troubles you”

Nurkholis Ghufron

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Muhammad Ali

Setelah sarapan di sebuah hotel di South Side Chicago, dua orang anak laki-laki menyapanya. Ali "diagung-agungkan" dalam perjalanannya ke kamar mandi.
"Saya telah berpuasa dan shalat," katanya kepada kedua anak yang tersenyum itu. "Lihat kaki saya."
Dia berputar ke satu sisi, tampak wajahnya yang tampan, dan berhenti. Sedetik kemudian, dia berjinjit dengan hati-hati pada kaki kirinya, dan tampak seolah mau terbang ketika kaki kanannya diangkat dari karpet.
Anak-anak itu tertawa dan minta tanda tangan Ali. Sang Juara membubuhkan tanda tangannya di sebuah pamflet Islami dan memberikan satu pada setiap anak.
Pernah menjadi sebuah mesin pemukul yang sangat hebat yang menimbulkan rasa takut pada lawannya, Ali masih merupakan figur yang mengagumkan. Dia duduk di deretan atlet terbesar abad kedua puluh, dan mengubah status atlet kulit hitam dalam pandangan manusia. Dia mengangkat martabat atlet kulit hitam ke tempat yang tinggi, dengan mendapatkan penghormatan dan penerimaan yang baik dari masyarakat, putih maupun hitam.
Ali bertahan sebagai pusat perhatian selama lebih dari dua dasawarsa. Dalam waktu itu dia berhasil menguasai mahkota kejuaraan tinju kelas berat selama tiga kah, dan menjadikan dirinya sebuah legenda.
Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., dilahirkan pada 17 Januari 1942 di Louisville, Kentucky, dari seorang ayah yang bekerja sebagai pelukis papan nama dan reklame, Cassius Marcellus C1ay, Sr., dan seorang ibu, Odessa Grady Clay, seorang pembantu rumah tangga. Dua puluh dua tahun kemudian, dia dilahirkan kembali.
Cassius Clay diberi sebuah nama baru oleh Elijah Muhammad pada 1964, ketika Elijah membuat sebuah pernyataan umum dalam suatu siaran radio dari Chicago pada tanggal 6 Maret: "Nama Clay ini tidak menyiratkan arti ketuhanan. Saya harap dia akan menerima dipanggil dengan nama yang lebih baik. Muhammad Ali, nama yang akan saya berikan kepadanya selama dia beriman kepada Allah dan mengikuti saya."
Selama tiga tahun sebelum pertarungannya untuk memperebutkan gelar juara dunia kelas berat dengan Sonny Liston, Clay telah menghadiri pertemuan-pertemuan yang diadakan oleh Nation of Islam. Kehadirannya dilaporkan oleh koran Daily Nezus di Philadelphia pada September 1963; tetapi pada Januari 1964, dia berbicara di sebuah rapat Muslim di New York. Dia membuat sensasi yang besar. Beberapa minggu kemudian, ayahnya mengatakan bahwa Clay telah bergabung dengan Nation:
Clay masih belum memberikan pernyataan publik tentang keikutsertaannya dalam Nation of Islam. Tetapi dia sibuk mempelajari Islam di bawah bimbingan Kapten Sam Saxon (sekarang Abdul Rahman), yang dijumpai Clay di Miami pada 1961, dan menteri Ishmael Sabakhan. Pelajaran-pelajaran mereka merupakan hasil ajaran Nation of Islam: Tuhan adalah orang kulit hitam, tetapi kaum kulit hitam di Amerika memakai nama majikan budak.
Pelajaran yang membakar dapat didapat dari perjalanan ke daerah Selatan, atau dengan mudah bisa didapatkan dengan menonton televisi. Jim Crow sedang berada pada masa kejayaannya, dan seratus tahun setelah penghapusan perbudakan, kaum kulit hitam disemprot dengan selang air di jalanan, dipukuli, ditembaki, dan dilukai sampai cacat karena memperjuangkan kesetaraan rasial di Amerika Serikat.
Clay merenungkan ajaran-ajaran Elijah Muhammad, membaca surat kabar yang diterbitkan Nation, dan mencari bimbingan dan saran dari Malcolm X, yang dijumpainya di Detroit pada awal 1962. Pesan di balik perjuangan kaum kulit hitam terhadap supremasi kulit putih dapat dimakluminya.
Sebelum pertandingan Clay melawan Liston, Malcolm mengunjungi Clay sebagai pribadi, bukan sebagai wakil Elijah. Malcolm menganggap Clay sebagai adiknya dan menasihati dia, melambungkan kebulatan tekadnya untuk bangkit melawan tantangan yang berat --untuk mengungguli Liston. Ingat David dan Goliath, ujar Malcolm menyemangatinya.
Malcolm meninggalkannya hanya setelah promotornya mengancam untuk membatalkan pertandingan jika dia masih berkeliaran di sekitar tempat itu. Di satu pihak Clay merasa takut jika dia tidak akan diizinkan untuk bertanding memperebutkan gelar di kelas berat apabila hubungannya dengan Nation diketahui.
Walaupun merasa sangat takut menghadapi Liston, akhirnya Clay menang dalam pertandingan itu karena, dia yakin, bahwa itu merupakan "waktu Allah". Clay benar-benar bergerak menjauhi jangkauan Liston dan menghajarnya dari sudut-sudut yang berlainan. Ketika pada akhir ronde keempat mata Clay terasa perih dan buta sebagian (mungkin karena minyak gosok dari tubuh dan sarung tangan Liston), Angelo Dundee mendorongnya kembali ke ring, lalu Clay mempergunakan kelihaian dan keyakinannya untuk menghindari pukulan Liston. Liston yang terluka mengakhiri pertandingan sebelum bel ronde ketujuh berbunyi. Dunia memiliki seorang juara baru.
Setelah Clay menang, Elijah Muhammad membalik strateginya. Dia berkata pada lima ribu pengikut di Chicago: "Saya bahagia bahwa dia mengaku sebagai seorang yang beriman. Clay membuktikan diri sebagai seorang yang lebih tangguh dan menyelesaikan pertandingan tanpa rasa takut karena dia telah menerima Muhammad sebagai Utusan Allah."
Malcolm mungkin telah berusaha untuk menarik Ali ke sudutnya sendiri ketika Malcolm telah merencanakan untuk memisahkan diri dari Nation. Tetapi Ali dilaporkan mengatakan pada seoran koleganya, "Orang itu tidak dapat meyakinkan saya untuk melawan sang Utusan."
Akhirnya Malcolm dikucilkan dan Ali tetap berada di kubu Elijah Muhammad, menghina Malcolm ketika berada di Ghana ("Tak seorang pun yang mendengarkan Malcolm lagi") dan mengikuti Elijah sampai kematian pemimpin itu pada 1975.
Sekarang Ali mengumumkan bahwa dia dan semua orang di Nation akhirnya melaksanakan ajaran Islam ortodoks yang sama dengan yang dilakukan Malcolm setelah dia meninggalkan Nation. Dan Ali lebih mentaati dan mencintai Allah daripada mengindahkan ajaran-ajaran Elijah Muhammad. Ali mengambil pandangan umum bahwa Elijah memainkan peran penting dalam mengangkat kaum kulit hitam Amerika --membebaskan mereka dari obat-obatan, alkohol, makanan yang beracun, dan perusakan diri pada umumnya.
Ali tidak pernah mengikuti arus pemikiran "iblis berkulit putih". "Hati dan jiwa tidak berwarna," katanya sekarang.
Dia telah membelanjakan uangnya beberapa ratus ribu dolar untuk buku-buku dan pamflet-pamflet Islami untuk memperkenalkan agamanya. Dia percaya bahwa bukan hanya kaum Muslim tetapi juga orang Kristen dan Yahudi yang takut pada Tuhan akan masuk surga.
Para dokter berkata bahwa Ali menderita Sindroma Parkinson yang sangat mengguncangkan jiwanya, sebagai akibat dari luka karena pertarungan dan terkena pukulan yang terus-menerus di kepalanya. Tentang kondisinya, Ali mengatakan bahwa dia telah mendapatkan hidup yang baik sebelumnya dan sekarang. Dia tidak membutuhkan simpati dan belas kasihan; dia hanya ingin menerima kehendak Allah. Pada kenyataannya, dia berkata tidak ada idola dalam Islam dan itu mungkin karena dia telah dijadikan idola oleh berjuta-juta orang, Allah merendahkannya untuk mengingatkannya pada kenyataan bahwa tak ada seorang pun yang lebih hebat dari Allah.
Perjuangan Ali yang utama sekarang adalah mencoba menyenangkan Allah dalam segala hal yang diperbuatnya. Menguasai dunia tidak membawanya kepada kebahagiaan yang sejati; kebahagiaan sejati, katanya, hanya didapatkan dengan menyembah Allah.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Manakah Yang Lebih Elegan : Logo Olimpiade London 2012 atau logo Pramuka Gontor

Ini adalah logo yang dibuat oleh santri Gontor untuk acara  Lomba Perkemahan Pengalang & Penegak ke-25 . Mengenai makna dari logo ini adalah Bintang; menggambarkan prestasi puncak yang ingin dicapai, Tenda; menggambarkan identitas kegiatan kepramukaan, Masjid; menggambarkan sebuah ciri pramuka muslim, Pohon; menggambarkan kecintaan alam seorang pramuka; Bayangan Tunas Kelapa melambangkan sebuah simbol pramuka Indonesia yang bermanfaat bagi sesama.
Sekarang anda perhatikan logo Olimpiade London yang kontroversial ini:

Di samping kelihatan berantakan , namun pesan yang disampaikan mengandung permushan dan rasisme.
Silahkan anda nilai sendiri mana yang lebih baik...

Kelangkaan Lpg Pada Bulan Ramadhan: Pertamina Menzalimi Ummat Islam

Ketika bulan puasa belum tiba, kira-kira pada bulan Juni 2012, pasokan lpg memang sempat tersendat satu dua minggu dan akibatnya harga di pasaran sempat meroket ke level 16000 di end user. Tapi itu End user yang sudah end betulan, karna di pangkalan harga masih stabil di kisaran 12500 sampai 13000 itupun masih tidak terlalu sulit didapatkan.
Untuk meredam pasar diadakan penambahan Do atau dropping beberapa kali oleh pertamina sehingga harga menjadi terkoreksi tajam bahkan ada pangkalan yang hanya berprinsip menghidupkan "kertas'  atau jatah agar tidak mati, alias yang penting gak rugi gak masalah yang penting barang laku dan do berikut bisa diambil.
Memasuki awal puasa ada kabar bahwa pertamina tidak akan memberikan do tambahan ( atau istilah pertamina 'dropping') dan bahkan pemotongan jatah berkisar 20 prosen dari pengambilan normal. Sejak saat itu tanda tanda kelangkaan sudah mulai terlihat sedikit tapi belum sampai taraf meresahkan, lpg sudah mulai menghilang ketika hari senen  karna tiada  pasokan pada hari sebelumnya ,minggu . Logikanya, dengan adanya pasokan pada hari senen, hari selasa sudah normal dan mulai mengisi pasar pada hari hari berikutnya. Faktu justru sebaliknya pada minggu kedua puasa Ramadhan 1433 Hijriah , jumlah lpg yang diterima oleh para pangkalan jauh berkurang padahal masyarakat terutama kaum Muslimin dan Muslimat lagi sangat membutuhkan untuk persiapan masak  buka puasa dan terutama  sahur yang sudah tidak mungkin mencari alternativ lain ketika kehabisan Lpg tengah malam. Ada perbedaan inplikasi yang signifikan antara langkanya Minyak tanah beberapa tahun yang lalu dan langkanya lpg bagi masyarakat. Kalau langkanya minyak tanah, masyarakat pada umumnya masih mempertahankan tempat memasak dari tanah liat di desa desa dengan menggunakan kayu sebagai bahan bakar dan minyak tanah sebagai penyulut api sehingga minyak tanah tidak dikonsumsi secara totalitas pada saat yang sama kompor minyak digunakan sebagai cadangan kalau kalau kayu bakar tidak tersedia terutama dalam musim penghujan.  Kalau langkanya lpg, masyarakat sudah terlanjur percaya dengan lpg sehingga alternativ tadi sudah kadung ditinggalkan  tanpa memikirkan bagaimana jika nanti lpg mengalami kelangkaan. Yup akhirnya semua itu terjadi . Sekarang lpg  sulit didapat, harga merangkak naik dan masyarakat muslim yang seharusnya selama Ramadhan bisa menyibukkan diri dalam urusan lain malah  diresahkan oleh Lpg , anehnya selama Ramadhan sudah berjalan hampir dua pertiga tidak ada penambahan do sama sekali..ini yang saya tengarahi Pertamina Menzalimi Ummat  Islam ..seharusnya Pertamina mempunyai pendirian dengan membuka kran do cadangan darurat yang tidak bisa diintervensi oleh para "mafia lpg'. Pertamina is the leader ...Pertamina mutlak mempunya hak penuh atas pembukaan kran do tambahan walaupun dalam meeting-meeting antar beberapa fihak memang lpg dibatasi untuk menghindari membudaknya barang yang berinplikasi pada persaingan yang tidak sehat dengan banting harga berlebihan. Namun tidak juga dengan menutup kran rapat rapat sehingga menghilang dari pasaran yang dapat mengurangi kekhidmatan Ramadhan tahun ini karna bagaimanapun juga Lpg adalah urat nadi dapur yang melayani urusan perut.
Nurkholis Ghufron

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sara....Kenapa Nggak???

Mari Rebut Kalteng Dari Pemimpin Non Muslim

Sudah beberapa kali pemilihan Gubernur di Kalimanta tengah, Muslim tidak memenangkan pemilihan. Sekaranglah saatnya seluruh muslim khususnya di dalam Kalimatan tengah melakukan instropeksi diri dan melakukan secara istiqomah perombakan dan perubahan dari hal hal yang tidak baik menuju ke yang lebih baik, saya dan seluruh Muslim di luar Kalimantan tengah membantu secara moril dari kejauhan tidak ada kata terlambat.
Pemimpin Muslim ini penting karana banyak hal seperti dana bantuan pembangunan rumah ibadah yang saya pribadi tidak bisa menerima penjelasan mengapa  besaran prosentase yang timpang setelah saya baca di suatu Koran bekas terbitan Kalteng, Muslim menerima lebih sedikit dibanding agama apapun di sana. Muslim dengan prosentase besar malah mendapatkan porsi yang lebih sedikit. Dengan alasan apapun hal ini kurang berkenan. Itu baru satu 'concern'.
Namun demikian Pemimpin Muslim bukan sembarang Muslim, haruslah ia seorang yang mempunyai sifat keadilan dan mengayomi seluruh ummat manusia.
Ingat " Allah tidak akan mengubah nasib suatu kaum sebelum mereka mengubah sendiri nasibnya"
Mari rebut secara fair, sportif kepemimpinan di Kalimantan tengah....saya meminta doa dari seluruh pembaca  
" Islam For All" agar semua orang tergugah dengan realita 'kekalahan calon Muslim"...apakah saya menebarkan Sara...Ya kenapa nggak..asalkan dengan tetap saling menghormati, saling menyangi, saling bersaing yang sportif.tidak main fitnah,,.apa yang salah dengan mengatakan oo Nur Kholis itu si fulan itu Kristen,Budha dsb. Wong semua itu ada di Ktp...ini demokrasi mas bro...lagian kita ini ummat beragama bukan komunis jadi harus ada Sara...kalau atheis maka akan menjadi Sarath

Nur Kholis Ghufron.

Foto Terindah Milik Revalina S Temat

Revalina S Temat kelihatan lebih cantik dalam penampilan terbaru. sebenarnya saya agak tidak mengenalnya dalam akting drama Ramadhan di Sctv 2012 dengan judul'Pacarin Ustazd' yang intro-nya memakai scene dimana dia menerima bunga dari Ustazd guru ngaji bernama Galih yang menjadi rebutan dengan temannya sendiri Susi. ooops... naas , tangkai bunga patah...namun Revalina yang memerankan Tania yang cantik, introvert dan manja mengatakan " Walaupun bunga ini patah, namun hatiku tetap milik Ustaz.."  Akirnya saya mengenalinya lwt  tahi lalat di wajahnya itu yang membuat saya yakin bahwa dia adalah Revalina yang dulu tidak mencuri perhatian saya. Dibawah ini saya sisipkan foto tersederhana yang menurut saya terindah dan tercantik diantara semua fotonya

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Hakeem Olajuwon: Pebasket Muslim Tak Tinggalkan Puasa

Hakeem Olajuwon adalah salah satu dari 5 legenda pebasket Amerika.  Yang menjadikannya istimewa adalah dia seorang pemeluk agama Islam,  minoritas di Negri Adidaya yang mayoritas di peluk oleh Kristen. Hakeem menjadi kebanggan ummat Islam seantero dunia karna prestasinya yang gemilang sehingga menjadi langganan All -stars di NBA. Gaya permainannya yang indah dan menawan sempat menenggelamkan nama pendahulunya yang juga menjadi kebanggaan Ummat Islam, Kareem Abdul Jabbar yang mencetak 36000 poin belum terkalahkan sepanjang masa yang pensiun terlebih dahulu dari dunia basket.
Hakeem Olajuwon selalu membawa kompas kemanapun laga basket di gelar agar memudahkannya menemukan arah kiblat untuk menunaikan kewajiban sholat lima waktu yang baginya "tidak ada tawar menawar" dalam kewajiban ini. Ketika berlaga di lain kota, dia selalu menyempatkan untuk mengunjungi masjid terutama untuk menunaikan sholat Jumat.
Tidak kalah fenomenal,  bulan Ramadhan, bagi kebanyakan olahragawan Muslim taat sekali pun  dianggap sebagai ganjalan dalam berprestasi namun tidak bagi Hakeem, baginya Ramadhan adalah berkah dan anugrah luar biasa bagi Muslim karna itu dia tidak pernah membatalkan puasanya walaupun dalam laga sengit sekalipun. Dia tampil bugar sebagaimana tidak berpuasa. Dia adalah contoh Muslim taat di negara mayoritas Non Muslim.
Sebagai orang yang sukses, Hakeem mendermakan 2.5 persen hartanya untuk diberikan kepada fakir miskin, baginya syurga itu tidak murah.
Sebagai Muslim Amerika, Hakeem merasa beruntung karna dapat belajar Islam dari orang Muslim yang multi latar belakang dari negara asalnya. Karna itu Islam di Amerika mempunyai sentuhan yang lebih universal karna komposisi muslim di sana terbentuk dari puluhan dan bahkan ratusan ras dari berbagai belahan dunia." Di sini , Islam lebih dapat diakses dengan tanpa rikuh dibandingkan dengan di negara  yang paling Islami sekalipun".
Olajuwaon mempunyai cita cita menjadi semacam dai
" Saya sekarang melakukannya, adakah sesuatu yang lebih baik dari pekerjaan ini??"

Nurkholis Ghufron.

4. Hakeem Olajuwon: No Negotiation About Praying

"In the United States, I have an opportunity to interact with Muslims from different parts of the world," he says. "People bring new ideas from their own culture and background and try to introduce them as part of Islam." But usually, he says, when they actually study the Qur'an, they learn otherwise.

"Here, the information is more accessible" than in most Muslim countries, he says, because American Muslims tend to place a premium on understanding their faith rather than merely practicing a brand of cultural Islam from the Old Country.
Olajuwon even corrects his parents at times. An example: In Nigeria, older people are expected to perform a special monthlong fast before Ramadan. "Not Islamic," he says. Another example: Forty days after someone's death, Nigerian Muslims slaughter a cow to celebrate and pray for the person. Again, he says, "not Islamic."
For Olajuwon, Islam is a constant presence, not a straitjacket, but clearly a garment that binds him.
He says there is "no negotiation" about praying five times a day. He washes his hands and mouth, turns toward Mecca, prostrates himself, and begins: "In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful... You alone we worship... Guide us along the straight path, the path of those you bestow your favor."

All day, every day, he says he has "God-consciousness," an internal voice that regulates his every action. "You don't forget for a second," he says. "There's a constant communication. You don't lose this consciousness. When I'm doing errands, doing whatever, I'm conscious of prayer times."

This God-consciousness follows him onto the basketball court. His religion teaches him to be merciful and kind. That means, he says, "You play competitively, but you don't do things that are cheating or unfair or foul play. You report to a higher authority."

Might he someday, after basketball, train to become an imam-and teach other Muslims? No, he says, quietly. "That's a big responsibility."

But Olajuwon says he might like to be a
a kind of information broker who explains Islam to people.

"I'm doing it now," he says, laughing. "And what can be better than this?"

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3. Hakeem Olajuwon: True Christian embrace Islam

“Allah says in the Qur’an not to despise one another,” he says. “So the criterion in Islam is not color or social status. It’s who is most righteous. If I go to a mosque—and I’m a basketball player with money and prestige—if I go to a mosque and see an imam, I feel inferior. He’s better than me. It’s about knowledge.”

While traveling during basketball season, he often taxis to local mosques for Friday prayer. Often, he says, worshipers there want to drive him back to his hotel. “It doesn’t have to be because I’m a celebrity,” he says. “People know that whoever gives me a ride gets a big reward from Allah. It’s always for the sake of Allah.”
In fact, he says, “If you do it for the reward, you get punished. If you get the opportunity to take a brother back to his hotel, that’s a huge reward, because you’ve done a good deed.”
Olajuwon says he likes to talk about faith with his teammates, particularly devout Christians. Some of them, he says, “respond very well” to his polite--but persistent--efforts to convert them.
He says, for example, that when Christians talk about being “saved,” they are describing a reliance on Jesus as “truth.” But according to the Qur’an, he says, only Allah represents truth. And people who don’t trust in Allah, he says, are living in what the Qur’an describes as “the house of a spider.”

His conversations have led to some interesting exchanges. Once, a Christian teammate teased him for not eating pork. Olajuwon shot back: “If you followed your book, you would know you can’t eat it either.” (The Book of Leviticus proscribes eating pork, but that religious law is widely ignored by Christians.)

Another time, he got into an impassioned discussion of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity with a teammate. First, Olajuwon says, his colleague said that Muslims “just don’t understand the Trinity.” But eventually, Olajuwon wore the man down to the point that he gave in, saying, “Nobody cares about it anyway.” Olajuwon lets out a deep chuckle at the memory.

“If Christians follow the true teachings of Jesus, they come to Islam,” he says. Muslims believe Jesus was a prophet--just like other prophets, such as Moses, Abraham, and Muhammad—who taught that people should submit solely to God, seek justice, and show compassion for each other. 

Ever the evangelist, he is meanwhile anxious to spread Islam’s truths to other Muslims.

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