Sunday, 20 April 2008


You’ve heard that sleep encompasses most of our lifetime. Well, it’s not just some theory. Thorough examinations of sleeping behaviors and disorders over the past decades led scientists to understanding sleep better. They even unintendedly scored Islamic science some points.

Basically, each one of us has about 5 major sleep phases and in each phase, the character of brainwave changes. Many times in life we experience daydreaming; in class, lectures, briefings, you name it. This is actually an introductory phase of sleep when your mind’s wanderlust makes you ‘abandon’ reality. While awake, your conscious mind emits high-frequency beta brainwave (measurable by an EEG apparatus). Entering the first phase of sleep, the brainwave switches to alpha. If uninterrupted, the brainwave will again decrease in frequency entering theta and it will switch to and fro between alpha and theta before entering the second phase. This is when your brain ‘dismounts’ in K-complexities before entering deep sleep of delta brainwave.

Phase 3 and 4 of delta brainwave is very important to the brain, justifiable by the discrimination the brain is willing to impose on other phases upon scarcity of time. This is when your body replenishes and rejuvenates. Blood enters muscle streams to ‘repair’, et cetera. Bodily activities drop to the lowest.
Surprisingly, phase 5 exhibits brainwave just as active as when you are awake, clearly seen through the REM or the physically Rapid Eye Movements. Scientists proposed that this might be the phase when your body assimilates the information it gathered while awake. That explains why about 50% of newborn’s long sleep is being occupied by REM phase.

But the beauty of these phases (its interchangeability, its function in mitigating the stress of real world and how these all connects to Islamic science revealed way back (before humans think that sleeping is a complete ‘shutdown’), by virtues of the Almighty and the beloved Prophet) is yet to be explained through the Circadian Rhythm.

Circadian Rhythm in a nutshell is the cycle of bodily temperature. It is amazing, equally; irritating, to find out that preliminary science at primary is a justified lie. Body temperature does change in degrees of two. It is nearly minimum at times between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., increases until a slight decline in the afternoon at about 12 (when you start to feel the urge to sleep) and continues till up to 10 p.m. when the downturn officially starts and it goes on and on.

Do you see how body temperature affects the urge to sleep? Do you understand why in Islam, it is encouraged to have a short nap in the afternoon (namely Qailulah) in order to increase the capacity of informational assimilation in REM phase, increase the efficiency of distributed-reparations of day (12 in the afternoon) and of night in the deep sleep phase and finally; to shift the Circadian Rhythm graph to maximum Geist performance in the morning?

So what is a quality sleep? In fact, what is the ‘path’ of a quality life?

Thursday, 3 April 2008


Lately, we’ve come across articles suggesting that we should not do the boycott on Dutch products. It is truly shocking to find out that those behind such suggestions are Muslims individuals who insist that they are actually helping the Ummah by doing so. They say that boycotting Dutch products would cripple Dutch economy (which is good, as a lesson), hence, causes trouble to Muslims residing within Holland. The basis of this argument is weak and clearly seen through the microcosmic scope of the analogy.

Quite, what will happen if we are being boycotted (force your feet into their shoes)? On top of all, this is no scene of countries forming pro and con coalitions. The zenith of this boycotting process is Holland learning that Muslims still respect their religion and would not let freedom of speech smear it AS LONG AS Muslims around the world understand that this is a peace process and try to prove Geert Wilders wrong by staying away from riots, whatsoever. Using the probability of Muslims’ upheaval which might get physical as a reason to NOT ACT STRONG is LAME.

To me and most Muslims, exercising consumerism power through boycotts in large or small scale is the best way to act while not being negligent. Muslims in Holland may choose not to act strongly due to their vulnerabilities to actions by Dutch government, so they shouldn’t. How can WE justify our dormancy?

True, that Balkenende made a statement against Geert Wilders and that it is unfair to rule these two individuals under one judgment. But manys the time people come as one, politically, to straighten important issues up and through this act of boycotting Dutch products, we are simply telling Dutch government to look at this matter seriously and AS IMPORTANT, exercise their power against Geert Wilders and never again level our religion with terrorism. THIS IS DEMOCRACY.

To say that Muslims should not retaliate (peacefully) for they share a big ‘crunch’ of Dutch economy is the same as claiming wealth over Islam. Compromising the purity of this religion is unacceptable. It is a FALSE CONCEPTION that by boycotting Dutch products, the hostility level between Muslims and non-Muslims would peak.

This boycott marks the decisive point that will determine how people would picture Islam. It would also educate future Muslim generations to not take Islam lightly nor extremely.

Be smart. Act strong. Use logic.

“sei liebevoll und mutig zu gleich”