…and the moon split.

Let me begin by a scientific discovery, a few decades ago: (as pictured above)

A Lunar Rille
Credit: Apollo 10, NASA Explanation: What could cause a long indentation on the Moon? First discovered over 200 years ago with a small telescope, rilles (rhymes with pills) appear all over the Moon. Three types of rilles are now recognized: sinuous rilles, which have many meandering curves, arcuate rilles which form sweeping arcs, and straight rilles, like Ariadaeus Rille pictured above. Long rilles such as Ariadaeus Rille extend for hundreds of kilometers. Sinuous rilles are now thought to be remnants of ancient lava flows, but the origins of arcuate and linear rilles are still a topic of research. The above linear rille was photographed by the Apollo 10 crew in 1969 during their historic approach to only 14-kilometers above the lunar surface. Two months later, Apollo 11, incorporating much knowledge gained from Apollo 10, landed on the Moon.

Can you see a connection with a Wikipedia biography about King Cheraman Perumal? (emphasis mine)

Cheraman Perumal was … a King of the Chera dynasty in Kerala in the late 8th Century AD …

Cheraman Perumal asked them what is this Islam which can so radically change the conduct of Arab thugs (who were so feared in Kerala that when an Arab ship downed anchor in port, people hid their women and buried their treasure) to so decent a nature that the populace was attracted to their trade and religion. The Arabs then described the tenets of Islam and talked about their Prophet. The king then wanted to know if there was any proof that this person is indeed a Prophet. The traders described the Mujizaat (supernatural deeds) of the Prophet, including the Shaqq Al Qamar or the Splitting of the moon into two.

Cheraman Perumal then summoned his Hindu Astrologers who consulted their almanacs and reported a similar phenomenon recorded by them. The King forthwith abdicated his throne and left with Malik Bin Deenar for Arabia where it is chronicled that he met the Prophet Muhammad, accepted Islam and performed the famous Last Hajj with him. On his journey back, he was drowned in a tempest which destroyed his ship and his body came ashore at Salalah, Oman where his grave is a famous landmark today.

The above is confirmed by Muhammad Hamidullah‘s book, titled “Muhammad Rasulullah: A concise survey of the life and work of the founder of Islam” (1979), quoted:

There is a very old tradition in Malabar, South-West Coast of India, that Chakrawati Farmas, one of their kings, had observed the splitting of the moon, the celebrated miracle of the Holy Prophet at Mecca, and learning on inquiry that there was a prediction of the coming of a Messenger of God from Arabia (Detail given bellow), he appointed his son as regent and set out to meet him. He embraced Islam at the hand of the Prophet, and when returning home, at the direction of the Prophet, died at the port of Zafar, Yemen, where the tomb of the “Indian king” was piously visited for many centuries.

Note: Chakrawati Farmas and Cheraman Perumal are the same person.

Finally, can you see again, the connection with one of Islamic teachings, written directly in the Holy Quran?

Did The Prophet Muhammad split the moon as a miracle?

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

The Hour has approached, and the moon split. But whenever they see a sign, they turn away and say, ‘This is evident magic.’ (54:1-2)

The miracle of the splitting of the moon was demonstrated before a certain gathering who persisted in denial of Muhammad’s Prophethood. As was related by ‘Adbullah ibn Mas‘ud, while they were in Mina’ one night, the Prophet split the moon into two by a gesture of his index finger. The halves of the moon appeared one behind the mountain and the other in front of it. Then, the Prophet turned to us and said: ‘Be witnesses!’

Watch a video here. But with disclaimer.

All that’s left is your faith.

P.S. Happy Ramadhan Fasting! 🙂

P.P.S. Beware, do not believe nor disbelieve a hypotheses unless there is scientific and/or logical explanation that makes sure it is truth or lie. Until then, just leave it as a mystery. 😉 For faith though, it’s entirely up to you, just consider the consequences.

Start A Meme: Kill The Internet?

The Sad Bear 1, by Nedroid

7 Reasons the 21st Century is Making You Miserable

It turns out humans are social animals after all. And that ability to suffer fools, to tolerate annoyance, that’s literally the one single thing that allows you to function in a world populated by other people who aren’t you. Otherwise, you turn emo. Science has proven it.

And none of it mattered, because none of those people knew me well enough to really hit the target. I’ve been insulted lots, but I’ve been criticized very little. And don’t ever confuse the two. An insult is just someone who hates you making a noise to indicate their hatred. A barking dog. Criticism is someone trying to help you, by telling you something about yourself that you were a little too comfortable not knowing.

If you’ve built a pool of friends via a blog, building yourself up as a misunderstood, mysterious Master of the Night, it’s kind of hard to log on and talk about how you went to prom and got diarrhea out on the dance floor. You never get to really be yourself, and that’s a very lonely feeling.

We have Iraq, but our parents had Vietnam (which killed 50 times more people) and their parents had World War 2 (which killed 1,000 times as many). Some of your grandparents grew up at a time when nobody had air conditioning. All of their parents grew up without it.

… where before we disagreed because we saw the same news and interpreted it differently, now we disagree because we’re seeing completely different freaking news. When we can’t even agree on the basic facts, the differences become irreconcilable. That constant feeling of being at bitter odds with the rest of the world brings with it a tension that just builds and builds.

The problem is you are hard-wired by evolution to need to do things for people. Everybody for the last five thousand years seemed to realize this and then we suddenly forgot it in the last few decades. We get suicidal teens and scramble to teach them self-esteem. Well, unfortunately, self-esteem and the ability to like yourself only come after you’ve done something that makes you likable.

Why do they make those cuts on their arms? It’s because making the pain—and subsequent healing—tangible releases endorphins they don’t get otherwise. It’s pain, but at least it’s real.

Read the article now on Cracked.com.

I usually don’t post something containing simply containing direct quotes.

But this time it’s an exception.

In fact, I think it’s one of the best, if not THE best, article I’ve ever read in 23 years.

Mr. Wong should have gotten a Noble Prize.

You can see the comments already resulted in that site, and on Digg

And you can also see my DailyStrength journal entry about it.

in its most literal meaning,
is actually already happening right now…
to you.

If you like Mr. Wong’s article, feel free, or I’d say let other your friends know about it: e-mail it, post it on your blog, forward it to your mailing lists. Whatever.

As long as it doesn’t make you more miserable. 😉

Bye Bye Dear Ex-Love.

Sometimes I just need to signify that what I decided,
has been decided.

A simple message to remind myself,
that me and my ex-girlfriend has broken up

Farewell. And I’ll let myself continue my journey…

PS: All punctuations in this post, including the single period in the title, and the horizontal line, do have intentionally significant symbolic meanings.