Every Muslims thought on the terror organisation; ISIS

In this currently day and age, we always heard something negative each time we turn up the news. Just in the last week of May 2017, there are a significant amount of occasions when a terror attacks happened such as the Kabul bombing, Manchester attack, Jakarta suicide-bombing and the latest tragedy; Resort World Manila attack. Having four terror attacks in one week showed the amount of hatred that mankind has towards their own kind.

Unsurprisingly, all these attacks were claimed by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The terror organisation is responsible for 143 attacks in 29 countries which have killed 2,043 victims as of 13 February 2017 since they announced their caliphate in June 2014. The power that ISIS has over the world is truly terrifying that just mentioning their name can be heart-wrenching.

Unfortunately, the organisation branded themselves under Islam and promoting their actions as an act of the holy war. The war that they are trying to accomplish by banishing those who they deemed to be unholy to Allah and the prophet Muhammad. Thus, their actions itself have destroyed much innocence.

However, let it be known to the world that Muslims condone ISIS. Their actions and beliefs do not align with the rest of us. We, Muslims, know that they are filled with hatred. Their animosity is so intense that they thought their make-believe morals and values are right. When in fact, the religion did not preach such teachings to their followers. No religion in this world has such violence lessons as a religion is for the people to become a better embodiment of themselves.

Muslims do suffer the most in the actions of ISIS terror attacks. Their reputation is tainted by terrorism and the fear that the world has on Islam. Mostly, the prejudice that comes from the Western News Corporation in reporting this terrorism news. The discrimination against Muslims can even be seen with the Muslim Ban that President Donald Trump incorporated in January 2017.

Additionally, The United Nations (UN) reported in March 2016 that approximately 82 to 97 percent of Muslims are the victims of these terror attacks. At least 24,015 casualties were reported dead or injured in the first eight months of 2014 in Iraq. These numbers are not including the other neighbouring countries that are currently in the ISIS rule such as Syria, Yemen and Libya. These staggering numbers are usually not reported in the news as most news cooperation deemed it insignificant to their audience due to the far proximity from their country.

Hence, Muslim’s reputation has deteriorated due to ISIS’s imaginary holy war against the world. ISIS terror attacks have profoundly impacted the world safety and the reputation of Islam and Muslim. This is the time that people around the world need to come together as one to combat against terror attacks and these terror organisations. We need to show that united, we are stronger than these imposters. With that, this quote serves as a reminder to us all about terrorism: terrorism has no religion, terrorists have no religion, and they are friends to no religion – Manmohan Singh.

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Ramadan Mubarak

DuaMuslims around the world are starting the mark of the month of Ramadan, the intensive month of prayer and dawn to dusk fasting.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar which last from 29 to 30 days. During the month itself, Muslims around the world are to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and other sexual activities from dawn till dusk. This is the month to purify the soul and practice self-control. Muslims are to be conscious of their actions and surroundings during this particular month.

pregnant-women-and-fastingIt is compulsory for Muslims to fast during Ramadan when reached puberty as long as they are healthy and not suffering from any disabilities or illness be it medical or mental. Many children are encouraged to complete as many fast so that it would be easier for them to be able to fast later in life. Those who are travelling, menstruating, pregnant, breastfeeding are exempted to fast but still have to make up the days missed later.

datesSuhoor is the meal that is consumed before the sun rises. Muslims are reminded to eat and drink plenty food and drinks to ensure that it will sustain them for the entire day to come. Iftar is the evening meal consumed after the sun had set to break the fast. Most of the time, iftar are eaten with a group of friends and family to rejoice the success they achieved that day. It is recommended for them to start eating dates in an odd number before consuming any other food. It is advised for them not to overeat during iftar as the stomach would not be able to take it.

Zakat-GivingAlmsZakat is the act of charity which is an utmost important act in Islam as it is one of the five pillars of Islam; which does include Ramadan. It is prompted to Muslims to give a helping hand to others who are in need and less fortunate than us. Muslims would usually give Zakat during this holy month.

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Eid Mubarak is the festival that marks the end of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide start celebrating by performing prayers and asking for forgiveness from each other to mark their repentance and acceptance. There will be gathering with family and friends that includes feasts of different choices of foods, delicacies, sweets, drinks and much more. Different cultures provide a distinctive celebration that is colourful and joyful for this day.

Important Values Learnt During National Service

There have been many implementations and changes made for the male Singaporeans and permanent residents that will be serving their National Service (NS) in the future. The reasons for the adjustments made were to strengthen NS for forthcoming generations and to safeguard Singapore. Also, the needed alteration is to give a sense of recognition for the National-Full Time Servicemen (NSF).

Despite all of the positive modifications made, many forget that NS period is a passage of life for those who are serving. It is a crucial time for them as it will transform them to adulthood. The two years spend doing physical and vocational training is often looked upon to strengthen their body and mind.

Those trainings that the NSF went through are beneficial as they learnt important values alongside with it. The physical trainings that are demanding to their body teach them to be resilient, endurance and discipline. The times spent with other NSFs also educate them about teamwork, empathy for others and respect.

Upon reaching completion of serving the nation, the NSFs have blossomed into young men and learnt the most important value that can be taught to them during their service, which is independence. By then, they can implement all those ethics into their life and to the society.

Legal Smoking Age In Singapore

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) has proposed to rise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 in order to reduce the numbers of smokers in the country, even though the current percentage of smokers here is only 14.3 percent which is already one of the lowest in the world.

The organisation is also adopting various methods used from other countries such as the standardised packaging in Australia and rising up the legal smoking age in the New York City as a part of their study. Not only that, HPB have also implemented numerous approach such as the I Quit campaign and its’ helplines to aid smokers to stop. Moreover, one of their main reasons for such proposal is to deter young men from starting the bad habit during their National Service.

Instead of rising the smoking legal age to prevent one from lighting up, HPB should focus on educating the repercussion of smoking to tackle this problem. Although awareness was informed to many from a young age, these campaigns only lasted up to their secondary school level. Many would argue that the lessons learnt are sufficient to scare one from doing so.

However, these campaigns are not being enforced in the tertiary levels and during the National Service period. During these times, despite one would be mature to think, the higher amount of peer pressure combined with the decreasing awareness level would result many to start the custom.

Awareness and education should be implemented crucially during the post-secondary education and National Service period to constantly remind one of the side effects of smoking. By these, the main objective of the HPB would then be achieved.

Singapore’s Education System

Singapore education systems have been classified as “world leading” and it was commended in 2010 by the British education minister, Michael Gove. The balanced lifestyle that the education have incorporated between work and play along with having different types of institutions to cater to the students interests have made it possible for Singapore to reach that level. I think that our education system have allowed many of us to further succeed in life.

The balance lifestyle that the education have introduced for the students to balance out between studies and playing is a major factor for Singapore’s education success. The Minister of Education has introduced co-curricular activities for the students to participate in after school hours. This is to cater to the different types of interests that the students have. This is the time that students are able to do something that they have passion about with their friends. The CCAs does not only integrate a ‘playing’ field for the students while they are in school but also to further expand their passion. Personally, I think that this is a great way for students to have fun and focus their attention on their passion. This also allows students to develop their character. Character development cannot be learned through books but rather through learning experiences. The CCAs provides that platform and I felt that lessons learn in the CCAs are life learning lessons.

The different types of institutions that are widely available in Singapore further boost our education system to be one of the world leading. Singapore does not only provide ‘essential’ education but also other types of education that provides for the students passions such as art, sports and even fashion. Even though that this type of institutions are considered as a different path that students would usually take, our education system still take the honour to provide them. This shows that the Singapore government are able to provide for the different types of interests that the students have.

Ultimately, we should be proud that our education is considered to be one of the best in the world with students all over the world coming here to have a chance to be part of it. Although it is considered as tough, the government still put in large amount of effort in order to make the education enjoyable to all.