Measurements & Mathematics: Why They Matters

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

Allah Azawajalla Al-Waduud wants humans to know and understand that all things that HE created are all with measurements. And they are all designed with balance. Human has been warned about the danger if these creations go imbalance.

As a human being, I would say, measurements are numbers. That also explains the reason why  Allah quantify all HIS creations through measurements. If I could understand it, so are other humans. That is a lot of numbers. Measurements or numbers is the language that human brain (logic and reasoning) can understand and comprehend in sense-making to the existence of Allah and all of HIS creations. And that’s including us, the human – the measurement of each part of our physical body, and the metaphysics. The external and internal organs as well as the spiritual components.

Allah’s creations serve a specific purpose. Through measurements Allah wants us to understand the implications of our good deeds and wrongs doings to Allah, to ourselves, to other humans and to nature. These are all calculated by the two Angels by our sides. Since measurements are the language that we understood and be able to calculate, they are our guide to evaluating whether we are an underachiever, or we have reached the limits or goes beyond limits. But then this measurement should be interpreted within the correct context, i.e. with the standard sets by Allah Al-Khabiir rather than the standard sets of the human.

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All creations are with measurements. God measurements are balanced. These plants – the flowers, the leaves, the stems, the branches, etc. are with the perfect design to meet their need to survive and strive in their ecological system and current environment.
The word “measurement” in the Al-Quran triggers my curiosity. Why Allah wants us to know that over and over again? I have been thinking of this word and its meaning for months!
Allah creates all creations and HE creates them with measurements. Allah taught this fact to human through the Qalamullah (Al-Quran) and sent down the Prophet Muhammad saw and other 24 Prophets to disseminate, remind, reinforce, guide and give examples for clarifications. Through the Qalamullah, Allah has asked us all humans to read, to ponder, to seek evidence and practice as well as to diffuse them to others. The following is a list of verses in Al-Quran (English translation by Yusuf Ali), on the creations and humans’ rezky (sustenance) that Allah designs with measurement:
  • And the earth We have spread out (like a carpet); set thereon mountains firm and immovable, and produced therein all kinds of things in due balance (with measurement). (Al Hijr: Surat 15, Ayat 20)
  • ... the rains from the sky that flow into the valley with measures … (Ar Ra’ad: Surat 13, Ayat 17)
  • And there is not a thing but its (sources and) treasures (inexhaustible) are with Us, but We only send down thereof in due and ascertainable measures. (Al Hijr, Surat 15, Ayat 22)
  • He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: no son has He begotten, nor has He a partner in His dominion: it is He Who created all things and ordered them in due proportions. (Al Furqan, Surat 25, Ayat 3)
  • If Allah were to enlarge the provision for His Servants, they would indeed transgress beyond all bounds through the earth; but He sends (it) down in due measure as He pleases: For He is with His Servants Well-acquainted, Watchful. (27) Ash Shura, Surat 42, Ayat 27)
  • Verily, all things have We created in proportion and measure. (Al Qamar, Surat 54, Ayat 50)

Mathematics are based on numbers and assumptions. Therefore,  the measurements of Allah’s creation could be understood and comprehend through mathematics. That explains why mathematics has the ability to explain phenomena. Research works departed from a priori theory or a combination of theories. The theory (or theories) guides researchers to collect data as evidence using appropriate methodologies to prove whether the theory at hand is working. Most of the collected data (or the evidence) are huge in size, researchers required a simple strategy to summarize and to make sense of their data. That is where the manual method of analyzing the data has evolved to sophisticated methods, and more statistical software packages are introduced. All statistical software packages are built upon cognitive reasoning with a combination of mathematical logics, assumptions, and conditions. Like MPlus, SPSS, Stata, Jump, and SAS &  R (SAS & R are the least statistical softwares that I am able to understand and use presently) as well as much more. Subhanallah. Allahuakbar.

However, there are still limitations to the current logic of mathematics. Apparently, these logics of mathematics are created by humans. There are much more areas in the creation of Allah Al-Khabiir left unexplored and unexplained. Allah knows best.


أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Bacalah dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu Yang Menciptakan. Dia (Tuhanmu) telah menciptakan manusia dari segumpal darah. Bacalah, dengan (menyebut) nama Tuhanmu Yang Pemurah. Yang mengajar (manusia) dengan perantaraan kalam. Dia (Tuhanmu) mengajarkan kepada manusia apa yang tidak diketahuinya.
(Surah Al-Iqraq (1-5):http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/)

Translation for Surah Al-Iqraq, verses 1 to 5:

I seek refuge in Allah (swt) from the accursed Shaiytaan
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Read! in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created― (1) Created man, out of a (mere) clot of congealed blood: (2) Read! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful― (3) He Who taught (the use of) the Pen― (4) Taught man that which he knew not (5).

Note:  I wrote this short article because I believe what Zinsser (1988; 2006) was advocating at his time, Writing is Learning. He claimed that writing is a thinking process. This also means thinking process infers to learning. When a person read and writing, he/she facilitates his/her thinking process thus he/she is in a learning curve. So Zinsser viewed these elements — writing, reading, and thinking–as fundamental to the learning process.

Bertanya Allah Dulu

Pengenalan

Catatan ini adalah ringkasan ebook ‘ BAD ‘ version 2 dari pengarang Insyirah Azhar. BAD singkatan  ‘Bertanya Allah Dulu’.  Konsep amalan BAD ini dikatakan selari dengan konsep Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah,  berserah dan berusaha. Segala perbuatan hamba Allah perlu bermula-, berjalan- dan tamat dengan perkaitannya dengan Allah. Jadi seseorang insan mesti peka dengan bagaimana Allah memberi anugerah dan pertolonganNYA. Saudari Insyirah juga mengeluarkan ‘BAD’ version 3 menawarkan pengisiannya lebih detail.

JOM Praktikkan “Bertanya Allah Dulu”

Aku berminat mengamalkan TUJUH teknik ‘Bertanya Allah Dulu’, semoga Allah permudahkan :

1. Mengakui kelemahan diri

Langkah pertama, mengingatkan aku sebagai insan kerdil hanya mampu dan kuat mengharungi segala dugaan semata-mata dengan pertolongan dan kekuatan yang dianugerahkan Allah Azawajalla. Dan yang paling penting semata-mata kerana Allah Ta’ala. Segala-galanya milik Allah termasuklah diriku. Langkah ini menuntut dan mentekadkan aku untuk buang ego dalam hati dan membersihkan hati sedaya upayaku apabila meminta dengan Allah.

2. Menyedari kekuasaan Allah

Berbanding penciptaan Allah Maha Pencipta, mega cakrawala langit dan bumi, penciptaan aku ini hanya insan kerdil. Selain daripada kekerdilan kejadian insan, aku juga perlu ingat bahawa permasalahan yang aku alami tidak terbanding kecilnya dengan masalah dalam alam cerakawala sana.

3. Gunakan kekuatan dalaman, Jangan guna otak!

Keberkesanan teknik BAD ini tertakluk kepada  100% keyakinan hatiku pada Allah Azawajalla. Tawakkulku yang tinggi pada Allah adalah syarat wajib strategi Bertanya Allah Dulu.  Penggunaan logik akal/otak di larang sama sekali, kerana ini melemahkan keyakinan hatiku kepada Allah. Ini amat memerlukan energi keyakinan. Serius.

Apakah itu kekuatan dalaman? Kekuatan dalam adalah keyakinan secara total atau 100% disandarkan urusan segalanya pada Allah Azawajalla. Dengan kemantapan kekuatan dalaman hasilnya lebih tepat, cepat dan menjangkui batasan akal dan pemikiran, InsyaAllah.

4. Allah itu Tuhan, Senantiasalah berbicara denganNYA

Allah mestilah tempat pertama aku memohon pertolongan. Wajib. Kalau tidak aku syirik apabila memohon pertolongan pada selain Allah. Caranya dengan berdialoglah dengan Allah Maha Penciptaku setiap masa. Aku boleh berdialog dengan Maha Penciptaku secara formal dan tidak formal.

Kaedah formal adalah berdoa selepas solat. Dikala mengadap kiblat, aku menadah tangan menitip doa atau berdialog dengan  Allah dengan hati yang merendah diri dan suara yang lembut.

Berdialog secara tidak formal pula adalah berdialog dengan Allah di luar solat. Boleh dilakukan bila-bila masa, di mana sahaja dan membuat keputusan apa sahaja, dari sekecil-kecilnya hinggalah ke keputusan yang besar-besar. Yang pasti keseluruhan tindakan aku pada keseluruhan hari ku itu mesti bersama Allah.

Bagi kedua-dua kaedah berdialog perlu mematuhi beberapa adap.

  • Pertamanya, hatiku merendah diri dan suaraku mesti lembut.
  • Keduanya, mestilah mulakan dan menutup doa dengan memuji Allah dan selawat.
  • Ketiganya, keyakinan atau kekuatan dalaman mestilah tinggi.

5. Jangan terlalu scripted, tapi perlu spesifik

Allah itu Maha Pendengar dan Maha Pemakbul Doa, lagi Maha Pemurah dan Maha Penyayang. Jadi maksud strategi ini, luahkan permintaanku segalanya kepada Allah. Bukankah Allah itulah pemberi rezki kepada semua makhluk melata penciptaannya samada di langit, di antara perantaan dan di bumi? Tidak kira apa sahaja yang aku mahu. Tapi satu syarat yang ketat, mesti memohon dengan spesifik.

6. Jangan buat depan manusia

Ketika aku dikhalayak ramai, berdialog dengan Allah dalam hatiku sahaja. Ini supaya manusia disekitar kita tidak menuduh kita gila berdialog keseorangan! Jadi aku boleh teruskan berdialog dengan memohon dengan Allah, jangan berhenti ya!

7. Kenali anugerah Allah

Janji Allah benar dan pasti Allah menepatiNYA. Cuma janji itu ditepati berkemungkinan dalam bentuk tidak sepertimana pemikiran terhad hambaAllah seperti aku. Jadi dalam terus berdialog, aku juga perlu kenal bentuk anugerah Allah. Ini memastikan supaya aku senantiasa dalam keyakinan bahawasanya Allah Maha  Pemurah dan Maha Penganugerah.

Pertolongan atau anugerah Allah dalam pelbagai bentuk, hati mata hati yang celik sahaja akan diberi rezki untuk kenal dan bersyukur atas nikmat ini. Kadang-kadang sebagai insan kerdil, aku ini lalai dan hati buta, jadi Allah hijabkan mataku dari kenal anugerahnya. Untuk mengelakkan ini terjadi, tanya Allah supaya diberi petunjuk untuk kenali anugerah Allah. Aku perlu lakukannya berulang-ulang kali dan yakin bahawa Allah akan beri petunjuk itu.

Kesimpulan

Kehidupanku bermula dengan Allah. Wajib. Segalanya mungkin apabila aku mengutamakan Allah dalam kehidupanku. Maka Bertanya Allah Dahulu. Hidup aku akan lebih bahagia dan tenang begitu. Jadi aku jadikan Tujuh strategi BAD berdasarkan konsep berserah dan berusaha dalam kehidupan harian. Strategi BAD bermula dengan (1) Mengakui kelemahan diri, Allah Maha Pencipta, (2) Menyedari kekuasaan Allah dalam penciptaan dan pengurusan segala urusan, (3) Gunakan kekuatan dalam-tawakkal, jangan guna otak, (4) Allah itu Tuhan, senantiasalah berbicara denganNYA secara formal atau tidak formal, (5) Jangan terlalu scripted diketika berdialog tapi perlu spesifik, (6) Jangan buat depan manusia ketika dikhalayak ramai, memadai berdialog dengan Allah dalam hati, dan akhir sekali, (7) Kenali anugerah Allah supaya aku yakin dengan janji Allah benar dan pasti ditetapiNYA.

Aku lebih bahagia dan tenang kerana aku tahu segala kebutuhanku datang dari Penciptaku, Allah Al-Alim (Maha Mengetahui) bila mana ku perlukan sesuatu,  Allah Al-Muqit (Maha Pemberi Kecukupanku) banyak mana yang kuperlukan, Allah Al-Wahhab (Maha Pemberi Kurnia), Allah Ar-Razzaq (Maha Pemberi Rezky). Hanya Allah sahaja mengetahui apa yang aku suka dan yang terbaik untuk ku. الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ عَلَى كُلِّ حَالٍ

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An Escapade

Learning is practice. This a miracle. This sentence also connotes heavy responsibility for the learner as well as the instructor. Self-reflection facilitates their learning and put what they have learn into practice. Do you agree?

As a course instructor, this is my thought: Last year when I returned home for a couple of months, my dean assigned me with a teaching assignment. So I picked up my previously assigned course, and teaching sharing it with a senior lecturer. When I taught my students, 74 of them, I observed something interesting. Something that caught me off guard that left me speechless. I found that most of them were unable to reflect their own learning. They were unable to describe what they’ve learnt and what difficulties they faced in their learning assignment (at that time I taught them Method Demonstration), and they were not able to propose better strategies on how they could do better!

At first, I suspected that they were experiencing language barrier, could this be? and then I told them, ‘write your reflection in points, and I’m not going to grade your grammar etc because I’m looking for your key reflections in learning!’ Some of them manage to articulate their authentic learning experience but most of them ended copy and paste somebody’s idea. As an educator, what was going on that time crushed my heart, I felt sad. However, I am not giving up! I am going to resolve this issue. In a couple of months, I’m going to full take up this course for real, this is a whole lot of responsibility.

When I’m done with all the requirements for my study program, I plan to work on this issue. There is a need for me to search for what could possibly be the barriers that learners couldn’t perform self-reflection on their learning? What are the ways that I could help to resolve their performance issue? And then I closely work with the learners to identify which are the best teaching instructions that effectively facilitate their learning experience and doing self-reflection. From my past experience, learners were amazing. These learners are definitely the source of knowledge for instructors in learning on how to improve their delivery skills. In order to that, I have learnt to dump my ego in the trash can, and I am going to do this again, again and again.

30 minutes writing commitment is done. { smile }

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No Problem Without Solution except Death

An Escapade

Yes. Now I need to escape Ames for a while. Where to? To the wilderness.

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