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Ramadan Mubarak to fellow Muslims to all SIU-Carbondale alumni. Almost 30 years has passed. And now that Ramadan is again been celebrated in the long summer days.

With the Eid mood coming, it is quite nostalgic to view the photos of the Eid celebrations – the Solatul Eid and the qurban that we did together. Thanks to Wan Burhan for sharing the photos.

Back row (L-R): ?, Megat Hisham, Mohd Ayub Amirdad, Abdul Rashid Hussien, Che Wahab Che Man, Haji Sulaiman Haji Osman, Wan Burhan Wan Ismail, Mohd Hussin Mohd Ali, A. Karim Omar, Adnan Alamasi Front (L-R): ?, Ghazali, Wan Ibrahim Wan Long, Abdul Rauff Sarail, Jani Majuni, Mohd Shukri Azam, Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak, Tageldin As-Sanosi, Wan Abdul Azim Wan Abdullah

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(L-R) Abdul Rashid Hussien, Che Wahab Che Man, Wan Burhan Wan Ismail, A. Karim Omar, Mohd Yazid Md Saman

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Below; Qurban is almost a must and a new experience to some when it comes for the Eidul Adha (Raya Haji). Seen here are Wan Burhan dan Haji Sulaiman being helped by Mohd Saupi Pauzi. And does it look like Megat Hisham at the background? I wonder who is that shirtless brother.

I have still some missing names – please help me in identifying them.

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Here are most photos (courtesy of Wan Burhan) to the previous two postings before:

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Continue from previous posting Camping at Ferne Clyffe State Park

More photos from our camping at Ferne Clyffe Park in Southern Illinois.

As part of the activities, we would hike around the park early in morning after our Fajr prayer. (Standing L-R) Che Wahab, Karim (me), Rashid and TJ Jailani while Yazid and Burhan sitting. Yazid is now a Professor at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (former KUSTEM – transferred from UPM Serdang). Despite comiing from Negeri Sembilan he is now comfortable speaking his wife’s Trengganuspeak.

Slow flowing stream is just a few yards from our tents. (L-R) Rashid, Burhan (seated), TJ Jailani (standing), ?, Wahab (hat), Yazid.

Rashid is the only non-Malaysian that always joins us in usrah, various gatherings and outings. As the sole Malay from Singapore among the hundreds of Malays at Carbondale he mixed well among us. The last I spoke to him was in early 1990s while traveling to Singapore. Unfortunately, with my tight schedule then we only managed to spoke over the phone.

Posing on the log (L-R) – Rashid, TJ, myself (hidden) Burhan, Yazid and Wahab catching up. Che Wahab Che Man is now the Principal (Assistant?) of MRSM in Sarawak. I last met him after the last Raya Puasa prayer at Masjid Putih Kuala Terengganu.

Dinner time in front of our tent. Team work is always being tested and preparing for dinner is one of them.

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Now that it is summer, it reminds me of one of the favorite things that we do together during this season was to go camping.

Recently Wan Burhan shared his photos of our camping at the Ferne Clyffe State Park.


Sitting around the campfire enjoying our coffee – L-R Jailani (TJ), Che Wahab, Yazid, Rashid, Karim (me) and Burhan.

During the day we would be enjoying the beautiful scenery around the park – (L-R) Rashid, Wahab (with the hat), Burhan (sitting at the back), ? (front) and Karim (me).

(L-R) – ?, Rashid, Jailani, Burhan, Wahab and Yazid (standing)

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To us from Malaysia, coming from hot and humid weather all the year round and never ever will see snow in our lifetime (if we never got the chance to study overseas), it was one of the most beautiful experience we had every time it snowed in Carbondale.

That would be the time we will put extra layer of thick clothing [even though sometime it was not that cold] covering every part of our body. Everyone of us got the chance of having to play snow for the very first time. How wonderful.

There were a few occasions when SIU had to be closed as many of the roads were not passable. But then for us it will be time to wander around the campus to enjoy the knee deep snow or sometime up to our waist level.

It is so memorable that we would take these opportunities to capture forever in photo shots of various locations, posing as many shots and playing childishly.

Unfortunately, those shots supposed to be captured for future nostalgic story telling to others were not kept properly and either lost or damaged by our humid weather back home. With working up our career and photos kept all over in kampung somewhere and moving from one house to another in keeping up with hectic life – we lost the those memorable shots that we intend to keep.

And that was what happened to me. Many of those photos were gone, lost or damaged.

Here are some of those that I managed to salvaged. Some had to be digitally doctored else the colors were so bad that you wonder what season they were shot – snow turned out yellowish!

Please share you photos here. Send to me your scanned photos.

With Shukri Azam – who has the most sophisticated camera among us.

The childish play … and we enjoyed it

Was this near the Student Center?

By the little “forest” next to the Student Center.

With Che Wahab Che Man … pretending it was a waist deep!

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Yes, we had a wonderful gathering on 11th October at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir. As I had promised to upload some of the photos, here they are:

Osman and Othman

Osman and Othman

Moslim with daughter (back) and Othman while Zambri and Osman at the background

Moslim with daughter (back) and Othman while Zambri and Osman at the background

Burhan talking to Megat and wife

Burhan talking to Megat and wife

Rauff listening to Megat and Osman's conversation

Rauff listening to Megat and Osman's conversation

As the person taking charge of the food, Burhan asked Fauzan and Othman if they need more

As the person taking charge of the food, Burhan asked Fauzan and Othman if they need more

The rest of the family members prefer the shade and to be seated

The rest of the family members prefer the shade and to be seated

The second generations made friends easily as did their parents

The second generations made friends easily as did their parents

yes ... recalling the good old days stories (Zambri, Burhan, Rauff and Megat standing while Othman seated)

yes ... recalling the good old days stories (Zambri, Burhan, Rauff and Megat standing while Othman seated)

we talk, and talk, and talk ...

we talk, and talk, and talk ...

everybody were busy talking

everybody were busy talking

Sis. Yaman (Osman) talking to Sis. Norliza (Moslim) while their children prefer to talk standing

Sis. Yaman (Osman) talking to Sis. Norliza (Moslim) while their children prefer to talk standing

Brother Osman and family left for Dubai yesterday en route to Khartoum bringing back sweet memories of a short stay in Malaysia meeting long lost friends. It was also unfortunate that some of us were not able to make it.

However, Shuki Osman made an extra effort taking a trip all the way from Kulim to meet Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak at Batu Ferringhi despite he was not feeling well and being on medication.

Thank you Shuki for the wonderful lunch and sharing some of the nostalgic photos.

Thank you Shuki for the wonderful lunch and sharing some of the nostalgic photos.

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Well, after a short notice and a simple preparation, we finally managed to gather at Taman Tasik Ampang Hilir.

11102009(027)We had Wan Burhan Wan Ismail (who arrived first and brought Nasi Lemak and mineral water), Zambri Mohd Tenang (brought karipap), Othman Ismail, Megat Hisham Hassan and wife (brought homemade kuih lapis), Abdul Rauff Sarail, Moslim Jaafar and his big family (minus one), Mohd Fauzan Mohd Nor and his family (who came all the way from Malacca, and of course our special guest all the way from Sudan, Osman Mokhtar El-Mubarak and his family.

Khalid Zakaria called a day before that he cannot make it at the last minute and there was no news from Mohd Saupi for able to make it and so was Wan Ibrahim.

11102009(033)What was interesting to see the family members and interactions among the 2nd generations among us. Though it was the first time for some of them to meet they were able to continue the brotherly relationship like their parents did.

Thanks to all who made the effort to come and meet our brother Osman whom we had not met for over 20 years!

Will write more and upload additional photos later.

p.s. – I do not know who brought the other container of kuih lapis – sorry for not giving the rightful credit.

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