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Thursday, July 21

IIU IDC 2011: Breaking again

Congratulations to the team from Maahad Hamidiah compromise of Arif Hakimi, Raihan Afiqah, Laila Jamilah, Fatimah Ulfah and Syazwani for continuing the tradition of MAHISS Debaters of Breaking in the IIU Debating Championship 2011.

This years tournament saw a much higher level understanding of debate than the previous, with each school with there own money to do the talking and there brains intact, MAHISS didn't had the best of roads to get to the top 24 teams in Malaysia.

But Finally, after 6 preliminary rounds, MAHISS with 4 wins rank 17th went to the Double octos! in the double octos, they had a fight with SMK Damansara Jaya, and profoundedly, they manage to win!!! getting there name into the octos. This is where they finally met there match.

in the Octos round, fighting for a place in the Quarters, they fought against SMI Hidayah (now champions in the IIU interschool 2011), old friends meet finally on the debate ground. with a very close debate and a split of 2-1, Hidayah won, and so that's where MAHISS's journey ended. But Everyone was proud of them giving  a good fight and eventually as you see in the split, "pinching" the champions of the tournament.

for our debaters, there is still a long way ahead. all except Raihan Afiqah and Syazwani won't be with us, so we're beating that next year we'll get at least to finals and relive the times when the seniors got on stage.

We thank everyone from the debaters who wasn't able to go, Both Amira's (I've forgot the last names =) , Azizul Hakim and Aisyah. Although they couldn't come, there spirit was with us the whole time, also the school which gave support towards the end, I saw Teacher Hazidah coming to watch during the break rounds and finally the parents that allowed and educated these children of MAHISS so well that it was made possible for them to get this far.

The Journey hasn't end's just started.

Tuesday, May 31

3 Rukun; a Reminder

Salam to all mahiss debaters.

Recently, after losing contact with the debater for almost two months, i came to maahad to check out on the debaters. and i cld see it was a tough time for them, as they were getting ready for their big tournaments. and I pray Allah blesses them.

alas, theres a few things that i feel i needed to remind all the debaters. and i do hope everyone cld read this and try to relate back to wats been going on.


on the last day of school i gathered raihan and the girls in surau just to give this piece of advice. n now its time to refresh back. during debate, never ever brought up personal issues and affairs inside training. go and find a dictionary and find the def of being professional. do u see barack obama while having his speech to the nation, suddenly he says "my wife is cooking steak for me at home and im hungry now"?! no! what i mean by mixing ur personal affairs, its either through ur talk or showing them through ur attitude. so avoid these things, b serious, easy to communicate with, n charismatic. insyaAllah He will guide u thru, ameen.

and also, what i mean by being professional is, when u have a problem within the team, please do not talk behind other people's back. instead, solve it in the ways that are most directly fair for everyone. solve it in a professional way. a debater shld think of little problems but instead think more on how to solve it.

2) 3 simple rukun that u need to abide

when i came to school on the day of my graduation day, i did mention this to everyone. the 3 rukun ukhuwah that shld b inside everyone of u.

1# salamatul sadri (berlapang dada)

u bersangka baik with ur friends, with ur debate team! with ur leader!

2# tawazun (the feeling of being equal)

the feeling of being equal, is that u accept ur friend's weaknesses and strength. u do not judge ur friend, u make them as ur equal and never somebody who is above or below u. with that, then u will reflect back to urself. u will b able to accept UR strength and weaknesses!

3# ithar (sacrifice)

u have this feeling that u wld sacrifice for ur friend's sake. in order to protect them, to make sure they r ok, uwld sacrifice. this is the hardest to follow because so many people are selfish nowadays, but its possible! remember back how the prophet's sahabat took care of their brothers in islam once upon a time. how saidina ali wld sacrifice himself and lay down on the prophet's bed on the night when the prophet hijrah.


do not lose focus, and keep on praying. u guys will come out of this in one piece biiznillah. i believe in u, and i believe in Allah for letting u choose this path. may Allah bless u.

wanie cham.

Saturday, May 7

Training till now

Yesterday at MAHISS we had a training. although some what surprise the debaters we're still enthusiastic about everything as well as the trainer.

Most of the things a I wanted to do with them was the fundamentals and technical of debate, Faiz (my own mentor) always reminded me how I should go easy and on the basics when teaching debate. You have to understand, it's not a soccer club.

It's been a long while since the last time I came and train them at MAHISS, but alhamdullilah they still remember the basics of everything (including Ulfah) and in that I'm grateful (at least they are not rusty).

In response, I told them my own debate journey, about me going to Hong Kong for my debate tournament, how I utilize my debating experience with my dakwah, and how i live my life.

fundamentals I told them, are like pillars, and anything important in this world needs fundamentals (you'll be called a fundamentalist for following it), including debate (it is important).

the five fundamentals I outlined was:
  1. Burden of proof
  2. Definition (Characterization)
  3. Model (Mechanism/ Tactics and Poi's)
  4. Consistency
  5. Clash and Response
I told that if you look at it clearly, put the arguments away, this is what it takes for you to have an average debate. (although this is what I think, anyone can differ)

And this is where the training begins.

I really hope I could come and train MAHISS more after this, but alas they have exams till 26th which is the date for the selections.

Regardless of that, I'm pretty sure they'll be able to go through IIU and Musleh in one peace. 

Tuesday, April 26

Reminding you just incase you forgot

My debating career has never been more hectic than I've imagined it to be. with all the rifts rafts of my training, my schools training and my studies, it seems I'm getting too intertwined to debate, and I don't like that. Wani once said that I'm married to debate, I beg to differ.

Last night, I had my own debate training at Gombak, there was a lot of yelling and angry phases(faces) from my trainers about how my seniors weren't doing what the trainers asked them to do. In this I wanna remind you all.

I've thought you guys a lot actually, maybe to much even for me to do (I even made a book for you guys) so now the only thing is whether or not you guys want to apply it in debate and improve yourselves. My trainer always told me that the time during training is only the moment to see how far I've improved, the time to improve yourself is during your day to day life.

Before I go to sleep there are always 3 things I'll do
  1. Baca Qur'an (Surah Mulk, Sajadah and Waqiah)
  2. Go through the daily news (especially the religion section for me)
  3. Look into the mirror to see how handsome I look.
the first one is for spiritual matters, the second is for information and the third is just to increase my confidence level. although you guys might see that these things are small but it goes a long way to improving one's abilities to speak. so i ask you all, start doing something about yourselves, you have to have that impetus to improve and be better. I would like to quote from Umar al-Khattab:

 "A Muslim is someone who doesn't fall into the same hole twice"

Learning from that I'm sure we all can improve ourselves for the upcoming debates.

Sunday, February 20

National Novice 2011 - the ability to be independent

Whether you like it or not, losing is always...... always a part of winning

that's what I remember what I told to both Arif and Fattah, although I don't remember if they do. Before embarking on there first debate competition for this year. And what have they been going through? first rounds with university students, RM 130 fees and a hell of motions.

Yep, it seems this will be one of those hectic years in debate for MAHDI. But that is never the reason to give up and quit, it's all the reason to stand up and fight back.

However what we fear most is the inability of our juniors(Arif, Laila.... korang sumea ni lah) to function without us giving a hand to help. The inability to become dependent is one of, if not, most crucial in surviving these type of competitions in life. It's something I picked up while my days with Nafeesa and Asyraf.

You see..... I never liked to ask help from them, especially Azri Asyraf, however I wanted to win. So that's where I did my own research, my own experiments, and as many of you have seen, my own ways of debating (I made a book out of it).

I hope you to do the same, maybe not making your own notes, your own research and your own training, and maybe some day not expecting "big brother" to it for you.

I have to admit, it might be hard at first, but these things, as "big sister" once said, if you have a goal, an objective, a purpose to debate, then anything is possible.

Just like any nation, the reason they are able to gain Independence was because they felt they had a higher purpose than becoming some"subordinate" to other nations, and that's how they strive to success.

 Your first real test, was the taste of defeat during National Novice, hopefully it all gave you a huge wake up call and say to you all: I'm not here anymore, I'm ain't a school student yeah all know?!!!

So my advice, you all know your weakness, so the best thing to do is to train and train some more. Good luck for Distrcit Levels!!!!