Ihsaniah Iskandar Mosque

It has been a few times that I had wanted to stop and take photo of the mosque located along the road from Kuala Kangsar towards Taiping. The reason is I always reach the place at midnight or wee hours of the morning.

This time however my travel was during the day and I reached the location at noon and during the Zohor prayer time. Actually I had missed the mosque but then my little heart tells me to turn back. Maybe its angels call to me to turn and besides the opportunity to take photos of the mosque, it is in time to perform the Zohor prayer with other jemaah of the community.

Took some picture and after performing the Zohor prayer I decided to ask when was the mosque built. The Imam who leadthe zohor prayer then told me that it was built in 1936 during the rule of Sultan Iskandar of Perak.

The Imam told me that unique building was restored by Jabatan Warisan Negara (National Heritage Department)  in 2009. It is one-of-a-kind rural mosque that has been saved and one of the most unique buildings in not just Malaysia, but most likely in the world.
Ihsaniah Iskandariah Mosque was named after the 30th Sultan of Perak, Paduka Seri Sultan Iskandar Shah, who financed its construction at the then princely sum of RM80,000 (USD $23,262.58) in 1936. The raising of the mosque was a nazar (fulfilling of a vow) by the Sultan to give thanks for the recovery of his ailing child. The land that it sits on is a waqaf (endowment) land bestowed to the community by Juragan Abdul Shukur Bin Mohamad Ali. Read more HERE………..

The mosque is located at Kampong Kuala Dal and if you use the North South Expressway, exit at the Kuala Kangsar toll and turn towards Taiping. It is less than a kilometer away on the left of the trunk road 1.

At first I thought it was the Mesjid Al Wahidiah because if this
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After asking the Imam only I know the name of the unique mosque is Ihsaniah Iskandar and not Al-Wahidiah. The Al-Wahidiah is the new building located next to the Ihsaniah and built because it can no longer accomodate the increasing number of congregators especially during the Friday prayers.
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The decoration on the windows and the walls made of woven bamboo or the kelarai is one of the local craftwork synonym to Malay houses.

Emas Pertama Malaysia Di Asiad 2010

Malaysia telah memperolehi Emas pertamanya melalui Wushu sementara satu Perak melalui 8 Ball Billiard Single Lelaki.

Chai fong Ying telah memenangi acara Taijiquan All-Round Wanita sementara  Ibrahim Amir memperolehi Perak bagi Billiard.

Laman web resmi Sukan Asia Majlis Sukan Negara.
Laman web resmi Asian Games 2010.

Al Fatihah Buat Allahyarham Daud Ibrahim

AL FATIHAH

Dukacita dimaklumkan bahawa bekas pelumba basikal kebangsaan Daud bin Ibrahim telah meninggal dunia di Muar pada pagi ini. Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh Allahyarham dan ditempatkan bersama-sama orang yang beriman. Al Fatihah.

Kredit Gambar: Photoblog Kejohanan Trek Kebangsaan
Gambar menunjukkan Allahyarham Daud Ibrahim sedang memberi arahan kepada pelumba di bawah jagaannya

Sports Kills?

From time to time we had read or listen to news that there are people died while participating in sports. There are people killed on the playing field, on racing tracks, running a marathon etc. These people are killed either due to accidents or in certain cases physiological failure such as heart attacks. It is not uncommon people died from heart failure during sports especially if one is not fit enough to play that particular sport. Some sports demands a high fitness level and age can be one of the determining factor.
So, if there are people killed or died during sports performances or activities, does that means sports kills? I think we cannot point our finger and say that sports kills. Yes! everybody will die in the end. Only the cause, reason and location of death is not known to everybody until after one dies.
I still remember during one sports seminar, there is a question raised he  why participate in sports because it can kill. This question was raised after the death of a school boy participating in his school’s cross country race. He might not be lucky to leave that way and at a very young age, but God loves him more. The answer to the particular question is does people who did not participate in sports do not die? There are more people died out of sports than while participating in sports. So does sports kills?
What prompt me to write this posting is after reading this article/news in The Star online.  

Eight-year-old boy killed by goal post

IN a freak accident at a school field in Kepala Batas, Penang, an eight-year-old boy died after being pinned down by a toppled goal post,Harian Metro reported.
Bleeding from the nose and ears, Mohd Khairi Iskandar Onzek was rushed to the district hospital by a teacher and later transferred to the Penang Hospital for further treatment.
He succumbed to head and internal injuries on Wednesday, two days after the incident
Shahizan Mohd Said, 29, said just a few days before the incident, his nephew had returned home in a cheerful mood because he had obtained second place in the school examination.

He told the paper that the accident occurred on Monday afternoon when his nephew fell in front of the goal post, which also toppled at that time and fell onto him.
“He lost a lot of blood and the doctor treating him said his death was due to damage to his brain and nerves,” said Shahizan

He must just be unlucky that the goalpost had to fall on him when there are many more of his friends playing at the same time. It might fated on him, but still the accident can be prevented if safety precautions were taken.
When I was a coach back in the 80s, my school received a goal post delivered by a contractor. The built of the goal post is so poor that the bar is supported by the upright only with one screw. After setting up the team try out and the goal post came crumbling down after being hit by the ball. So when the post was re erected, the goal keeper can’t concentrate on the game anymore but distracted by the goalpost.
How many people involve in sports take safety as the most important component in sports? Culturally most sports participants do not take sports safety as utmost important but grouse about injury after it happens. During my lecture in Sports Science I use to tell participants that injury to a sportsmen is the beginning to an end of his sporting career. Footballers with knee injury will not be able to play at a level prior to his injury. Locally Akmal Rizal is a good example. He was deemed to be one of the best player to play for the country after late Mokhtar Dahari but his knee injury stop him short on the track. We have Mohd Malik Tobias and  Nasmizan in track and field. Malik Tobias only manage to take one Gold medal in the Brunei Sea Games before injury stops him from competition. Nasmizan experience hamstring injury and he too has to leave the century sprint.

How serious do coaches, athletes and participants in sports take safety? Besides safety of sports equipment and sports attire, physical safety too must not be neglected. How many people (especially laymen) do a proper warm up before playing? How many people wear proper attire especially shoes that suit to the activity. They wear what suits their wallet.
To play sports, everyone of us must remember SAFETY FIRST.