miracles…

“There are two ways to look at life. One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as though everything is.”

One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein! Today, it was the daily quote dosage from my khala which makes the entire deal all the more special for me : )

m i r a c l e s . . .   do take a moment to realize their existence around & within you…
<alhamdolillah!>

Happy Monday! & have a great week! : )
(drafted on 02-13-2012; published on 02-17-2012)

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Keepin’ Calm & Carryin’ On!

One thing that I have been telling myself over and over again.. that it’s never too late!
Even if it means that I’d have to start over in a few important departments of my life. Coz no matter what, I don’t believe I wanna change the person I am..

I’ve learnt alotta things the hard way.. and now I know that is it ok to take a deep breath, that it’s just fine to be selfish once in a while, that there is nothing wrong with looking out for no-one else but myself, that it’s good being gentle to the *sara* for a change.. and that it is certainly okay to move on.
It’s okay to feel brand new.. especially after you’ve been wearing yourself out over others..
And I know that everything’ll b alright inshaAllah in the end! That I am sure bout. And one thing that’s more of a cliche’ to many but is nonetheless true, is that unless all is well, it isn’t the end! So like.. I am very much awaiting the end

🙂

Spiritual DETOX for Ramadan ;)

Special thanks to Nabia Lakhani for sharing this text message. May Allah bless her always. Ameen.
Photo Credits: Fursid

  1. Keep free from eating high- calorie flesh (Gossip/gheebah)* of others no matter how juicy!
  2. Switch to Fat Free Truths!
  3. Avoid artificial Tempers.
  4. Do voice therapy by reciting the Qura’an.
  5. Purify your eyes by crying in Dua.
  6. Do Hand Reflexology on Tasbeehs.
  7. Brighten your smile by using a Miswaak.
  8. Take your weight off your shoulders by paying your Zakaat.
  9. Shrug off those extra Kilos of Sins by Repenting!

May Allah accept all good we do in Ramadan! InshAllah & Ameen! 🙂

*gossip >gheebah : Backbiting; Gheebah or backbiting means speaking about a Muslim in his absence and saying things that he would not like to have spread around or mentioned. Buhtaan or slander means saying things about a Muslim that are not true, or in other words telling lies about him. Nameemah or malicious gossip means telling one person what another said in order to cause trouble between them.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allaah. Verily, Allaah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful”
[al-Hujuraat 49:12]

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said:
Whoever wrongs a person by slandering him, backbiting about him or insulting him, then repents, Allaah will accept his repentance, but if the one who was wronged finds out about that, he has the right to settle the score. But if he slandered him or backbit about him and the person did not hear of that, then there are two views according to the scholars, both of which were narrated from Ahmad, the more correct of which is that he should not tell him that he spoke against him in his absence. It was said that he should rather speak well of him in his absence just as he spoke badly of him in his absence, as al-Hasan al-Basri said: the expiation for gheebah is to pray for forgiveness for the person about whom you backbit.
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, 3/291

 And Allaah knows best.

References taken from: http://islamqa.com/en/ref/23328/backbiting

Colors of Hope!

I often pass by Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s mazaar and notice people from all kinds of classes right outside, sitting on the footpath, with their palms open at the mercy of the wise, wide-eyed old men, wrinkles on each one of those faces telling a thousand and one stories of their own.. I was reminiscing my drive through that narrow- crowded road after I received a morning text from a friend of mine in which he shared an Indian Proverb, that read as follows:

“Your future does not depend on the lines of your hands, because people who do not have hands also have a future”.

How true! Though I found this study quite interesting at one point in time, I am now pretty much against these horoscopes and palmistry kinda activities based on religious grounds purely.

Anyway, here’s meee meeeee meeee, jotting down some scattered thoughts in this otherwise CRM- terms- filled head of mine, that I’d decided to share this morn here, and which actually gives me an opportunity to appreciate another great effort by another one of my dear x-colleagues and friend, Alishah Chagani.

Quoting *anonymous*, so when was the last time you appreciated a kid? I just did! NOW! 🙂

Well, whatcha waiting for?!
Spread the word and love! Join us in appreciating and encouraging the bunch of youngsters by liking their page on Facebook!

They are the Colors of Hope!  Their Official Website and services are expected to be launched in October 2011.
Let’s help spread the colors of Life, with the light of Hope, for these very very special and extremely talented kids!

To view what amazing and beautiful things these angels are capable of doing, check out this link!

Finally! Ramadaaaaan 1432!

It is finally here! My favorite month besides rabbi ulawwal! And the most special thing about this month for me is that I feel the closest to Allah.

Wishing a Blessed Ramadan to all Muslims across the globe! May Allah accept our fasts and duas..n give us all a chance to not just be better Muslims, but humans as well. InshAllah and Ameen!

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to tell his Companions the good news of the onset of Ramadaan, and urge them to make the most of it. Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said,
‘There has come to you Ramadaan, a blessed month. Allaah has made it obligatory on you to fast (this month). During it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are locked, and the devils are chained up. In it there is a night that is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is deprived indeed.'”

(Reported by al-Nisaa’i, 4/129; Saheeh al-Targheeb, 1/490)

And Allaah knows best!

Leave Allah’s plans to Him..

I was watching a movie today.. hadn’t cried in a while.. my heart felt light. For a change, in the past 3 and a half weeks, my head didn’t seem to ache.. everything seemed quiet, and peaceful… At the end of the day, once I was done with my good-nites and sleep-tites, I just lay down thinking.. all that happens around us… most of the things that spontaneously happen and take our breath away, leaving an overjoyed stupid smile on our faces, with genuine happiness reflecting in the gleaming eyes, well most of these things are actually those which we don’t plan for- which only makes me realize, how much I detest planning. Number 1, most things don’t exactly go according to the plan; number 2, the excitement upon achieving the goal as planned is not as hot as that super cool feeling you get when achieving something that hadn’t exactly been planned out; number 3, I strongly believe, there’s a time for everything, which I also believe strongly negates the mere idea of planning! And number 4, planning requires more of a human’s brain to work, than the heart– for me, I would opt for the ♥ touch any given day.. any given time. Though more often than not, I’ve begun with worrying, for things which I later realized left me exhausted uselessly, mainly ‘coz they’d already been planned out by the One Who is the Greatest of Planners. I’m trying to be at peace with myself for now..

Reminds me of a quote by Omar Khayyám, the Phisopher of the World..

“Why ponder thus the future to foresee,
and jade thy brain to vain perplexity?
Cast off thy care, leave Allah’s plans to him –
He formed them all without consulting thee.”

Makes sense now, does it not? 🙂 hmmm…

Misconception about the Month of Safar

“Prophet (S.A.W )  said, the descending of illness and evil superstition befalling in the month of Safar is untrue.” (Muslim)

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“(There is) no ‘Adwa (no contagious disease is conveyed without Allah’s permission),
nor is there any bad omen (from birds), nor is there any Haamah,
nor is there any (bad omen in the month of) Safar,
and one should run away from the leper as one runs away from a lion.”

(narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5387; Muslim, 2220)

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!’