The “Do Something Now” Campaign!

Winters are here! I personally love the weather and being my birth month, December is naturally my favorite month of the year! 🙂

A few months ago, when Pakistan was afflicted with Floods on a humongous scale, it had become next to impossible for most of us, not just as Citizens of the same Country, but also as mere humans living on the safe side to lead lives as normal people. I shall not speak of others. I personally felt guilty if I even enjoyed so much as a “happy laugh moment” with my friends.. because, at the back of my mind I knew.. while I live on calm, there must be someone out there crying for help, while we enjoyed a Sunday brunch with folks on a day highlighted with a bit of the beautiful drizzle, there was probably someone drenched with a gazillion miles flooded ahead waiting, praying, hoping.. to be rescued. I hadn’t exactly lost my appetite, and I certainly wasn’t losing weight, just that, the thought at times that families out there were depending on the government and some noble communities to feed on! Well that’s where we were introduced to the trend of collections & donations. I participated and contributed with family, relatives and friends, and that’s when I came to know about Freaks! I am actually proud to know them personally! 🙂 These cool people are actually from my circle of friends & colleagues at work!

Well Freaks is at it again!

This time around, they are collecting blankets for the needy lot! I shall post updates as soon as I have them for those of who would like to contribute for the great cause!

Here is a little intro from their Website:

Freaks” is an organization formed by a group of young, passionate people, and their initiative is to make current day Pakistan a better place.
At FREAKS we believe in FREEDOM, RESPONSIBILITY, EMPOWERMENT, ACTION, KNOWLEDGE & SERVICE.
Though young in age, FREAKS are mature and diverse in expertise. We hold an amalgamation of experts in awareness building, public speaking, strategy, graphic design, photography, project management, and above all, the expertise in giving.
The organization is currently working on flood relief efforts in Pakistan under the campaign ‘DO Something NOW!’ Individuals, organizations and institutions are encouraged to buy shirts and wrist bands with the tag.
This initiative started in August 2010 when this group of Individuals started working passionately collecting donations and volunteering anywhere where it was needed.
Passion is contagious and when channelized in the right direction it can create a cosmos!

About the Campaign

Do Something Now‘ is a campaign which has been initiated for the relief and rehabilitation of the flood affected families started out by a group of young, talented and enthusiastic young individuals who call themselves ‘freaks’; they do not only believe in the concept of ‘Love Pakistan but are part of the concept of ‘Being Pakistan!

Anyone can be a part of “freaks”. Everyone is requested to “Do Something Now“!

Be part of ‘Freaks
Be part of Pakistan
‘Do Something Now!’

It has got to do with the choices we make..

My reading habits are not how they used to be like about a decade ago and before that. I miss that. And now, even when I do get time, I have become a little selective- to be precise, I must clear out the point though that I am not 100% of a recluse- alhamdolillah for that! & otherwise, I simply don’t get time. And the only part I do get is which I prefer to just laze around or be with *my people*.

One of the few things I do read whenever I get a chance include a story in which I’ve contributed a bit- it’s my favorite one since we started workin on it- which I secretly hope to share with my daughter someday 😉 and a couple of blogs I follow, besides the reading I have to do to keep myself a little up to date with what’s going around in the Technical world- n by the way, I’m definitely not that brainy- though I wish I were at times! That’s ok I guess 🙂

Based on an incident I came across, I got a chance to ponder over, as my topic says, “The Choices We Make,” well I believe that a lot depends on it! Our ability to decide.

The chances that Allah ta’Alah grants us with- well I gave this more thought than I can put down on paper, and taking up my khala’s advice, I would certainly not put down references from the Holy Book & scriptures to support my beliefs. The final conclusion, that I had also at an earlier stage figured and shall even now stick to, is that there are 2 paths shown to us. Putting it in simple words, ONE that leads to the right, a path which would lead us where Allah would shower His abundant blessings upon us, and the other, which leads to a way that would displease Allah. And I undoubtedly believe that Allah is the All-Knowing, and has power over everything! He has planned everything for us humans, but time and again, He as His right is, tests us- our faith. There are 2 kinds of obstacles that one of my aunts taught me about.

The one kind of difficulty that a man has to face is that test from Allah- in which he gets a chance to repent for the sins that he was involved in. Such is the test in which we get a chance to turn towards Him for mercy and make Dua and repent for our sins. And He the Ever- Merciful, forgives.

The second kind of test from Allah include those kinds of difficulties in which Allah Subhanahu-Wa’Ta’Alaah Blesses the human with a chance to heighten the level of Honor (urdu: darjaat buland karne).

In simple, we must say Alhamdolillah even when we are struck with tough times and have to deal with the most difficult of situations.

And finally, I have decided to come back to my topic 🙂

There are things that have been predestined by Allah subhanahu wa ta’Alaah. Like the time of our birth and when we shall exit this world; also whom and when we shall marry are amongst decisions that have been preordained by the Almighty. We are humans. To error is human. When we are confident enough to say it out loud that we are strong individuals, we must also be strong enough to admit when we sin. And instead of mourning all over it, we need to repent. Because sooner or later, what we would realize is, that repentence is the only way. And actually, the first step to move towards the Almighty. We take that first step, and He embraces us half way through! The Ever- Merciful, All- Powerful Lord of the exalted throne does give us a chance. It is therefore our duty to read the scriptures and not just that, it is also obligatory upon us as Muslims to synchronize our lives accordingly and comply with what is written in the Quran. The word of Allah.

I hope to complete my efforts on discovering the purpose of man’s existence someday. That’s a brave thing to say, why so? Because, I am only a beginner. And of the little I have read, what I have understood is something I can’t explain as yet, but I shall share as soon as I have better understanding on the subject. InshaAllah!

One of the finest and very very important and valuable piece of blessing that the Humankind has been bestowed upon by Allah is His word! The Quran. Allah (SWT) has sent the Quran to us as a guide. In simple words, this guide teaches us about the right and wrong.

Why do we need to learn the right and wrong? Because, with all that has been written in our destiny by Allah, He has given us the free will to decide. To make a choice. Not just like that. He has given us the right to make decisions based on the right and the wrong which is further elaborated upon in various verses in the Quran.

Why has Allah explained that? Why has Allah warned those who perform evil deeds and disobey Him and choose the incorrect path from doing so? So that they do not complain on the day of resurrection to Allah, for not being warned beforehand. Allah is the All- Knower, the most Beneficent and the most Merciful! He would not punish anyone except after caution. And He has warned us in the Quran about the right and the wrong, very clearly.

As I said.. it all has to do with the choices we make..

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’Alaah guide us all.. towards the path of the Al-Muttaqun.
And Allah knows best!

Assalamoalikum! 🙂