I am not sure why when non-Moslems died, there will be some cynical or sarcastic remarks made by “holier than thou” Moslems towards Moslems who express their condolences towards the dead. The most cliche remarks would be :
President Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
- “Why are you mourning for a heathen when there are actually thousand of Moslems suffering in Gaza, Syria, Palestine, etc?”
- “Don’t be stupid! The dead don’t even know you!”
- “I don’t know what are the fusses about. We lead our lives, still; anyway!”
The car crash that claimed the lives of Paul Walker and his friend.
And of course lately when Malaysians began to widely use the term “R.I.P” (which actually existed long ago but when a lot of typical Malaysians started to use it as a “trendy language”, it became such an issue!); the other skeptical Malaysians who self-proclaim to associate themselves with religion and piety have been circulating the remarks that it is forbidden for Moslems to wish “R.I.P” as it would mean that the Moslems are “praying” for the well-being of the dead ‘heathen’; and Islam forbids this. To add salt to the wound, they have been circulating remarks/statement from a celebrated Islamic ‘theologian’ that it is “Haram” and all. Honestly, I was shocked that Malaysian Moslems like to scrutinize this kind of things rather than discussing about things that can elevate the ummah! I hope that the Malaysian National Fatwa will issue an ultimatum pertaining about this “R.I.P” thing. Now, if the Malaysian National Fatwa issues that and make it official, I guess, there will be no dispute (for me!).
In the Davidoff Cool Water ads – making girls swoon!
Memory with his 15 years old daughter, Meadow Walker.
Anyway, on 30th November 2013, Hollywood had lost one of its glistening stars, Paul Walker. He died when the car he boarded with his friend was reported crashed into a light pole and a tree. He was on the way to a charity event pertaining the Phillipine’s Typhoon Haiyan. According to the report, Walker was the passenger while his friend, Rodas was the driver. As a fan of Hollywood, I knew Paul Walker since he started from the teen-hits in the middle 90s when I was in secondary school such as ” Varsity Blues” and also “She’s All That” as the jock. To the recent movie-goers, he is known for his “Fast & Furious” franchise. He left a 15 years old daughter, Meadow Walker (it was unbelievable! He looked so young especially when he took picture with the daughter, right?). A model and an actor, he was also a good soul via the charities work he did. I actually “LIKED” him in Facebook prior to the death; so it was quite shocking to see the status made by the Administrator of Paul Walker’s FB page. Condolences.
Nelson Mandela’s funeral.
And on 5th December 2013; which was yesterday (as I am writing this on the wee morning of 7th December, Malaysian time), the renowned South African hero, Nelson Mandela has died. He was an inspiring hero to most people I look up to especially Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion (she named one of her sons Nelson!), and many more. Why he was well-known to world? Because he fought the apartheid sentiment and for his race. Considered as the richest African country, South Africa gained its own Black President with Nelson Mandela appointed in 1994; marking the end of Apartheid system there. It was a triumphant moment for all black South Africans.
When he was young. Apparently, according to Wikipedia, Nelson Mandela was a Thembu royalty.
For South Africa against Apartheid.
Of course, Nelson Mandela did not know me nor he has any direct influence to me as I am not some artistes who perform in front of him and get the opportunity to be photographed with him. Nevertheless, my sister bought his autobiography novel “Long Walk To Freedom” which is still in Jitra, Kedah (and I have yet to read it!). I was dreading to read it for ages; so maybe now I will have motivation to read it. Anyway, there will be a new movie based on this autobiography which starred Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela. With raving critics praise and this sudden death (not that we pray or anticipate!), I think Idris Elba has the chance to win as Oscar next year. We will see.
Nelson Mandela is one of Oprah’s biggest inspirations apart from Sidney Poitier & Maya Angelou. I am Oprah’s fan, I know; as she inspires me.
The book of which I haven’t touched yet. Neatly kept in Jitra, Kedah… still!
The poster from upcoming movie based on the novel starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela.
To conclude my epitaph for the late Nelson Mandela, I would like to share with people who read this entry that I always use the famous Nelson Mandela’s quote whenever I do the emceeing text for my school’s “Hari Anugerah Kecemerlangan”. It was perhaps coincident but I found it to be very powerful and education-affiliated; so I took it. The powerful quote that I always use :
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
It is indeed a powerful statement. I believe it as I am from a Middle-Class person, elevating myself out from the chrysalis; upgrading my life – all with education in my hands and my mind. Indeed.
My “Anugerah Hari Kecemerlangan” script with Nelson Mandela’s quote. Always.
The film “Long Walk To Freedom”.