Cool piece of advice ;)

When Shaytan reminds you of your past,

remind him of his future!

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Improve your English!

I have always appreciated Organizations and individuals who support and assist in matters that concern breaking down the barriers to make way for quality education in Pakistan. On a personal level, I would hereby like to applaud the efforts by TCF; the entire concept of the Rahbar program by The Citizen’s Foundation overwhelms me where the people from the organization work on increasing awareness amongst the common masses about how they can contribute to this noble cause. I hope to be able to participate as a Rahbar again as soon as I have some time off.

U.S. Consulate General, Karachi has initiated several educational programs in our country, and I am proud to say that my mum has remained a part of some very integral educational initiatives including awareness on Internet usage during her tenure as the AIRC Director at the Consulate in several less privileged areas across Pakistan.

Anyway, have always wanted to say this.. but I know how much I annoy people with ideas such as these.. Just realized this is MY blog, so decided to write on the topic anyway 🙂 English is used as an International language across the globe, and over 350 million people speak it as their native language. I have noticed that not many people here focus on their reading habits when in school, which results in shaking up their confidence a little when they are required to voice their opinion clearly on a large or even a small scale. Living in a society that exists today where life if so fast-paced, the competitive streak amongst professionals is at its peak, and therefore, there are several drawbacks of not knowing the language. Learning and improving on your English speaking and writing skills can have a very positive impact on one’s professional life.

People I have seen get offended very easily when corrected, even in class. I believe though, that there is no harm in learning something that helps one in the long run in one way or another. There are no age limits set for learning something new either- alhamdolillah for that.. 🙂 I’m still working on my vocab and I probably will be doing that till I die.. 🙂 Here, I’d also like to clear a very common misconception that most students of English language have. Guys and girls, an awesome vocabulary has nothing to do with good English! Sure it’s an added advantage, but it is actually correct grammar that serves as basis for good English speaking/ writing skills. Anyway.. 🙂

I came across another link that was shared on U.S. Consulate General Karachi’s facebook page today and wanted to share it on this platform as well.

This is surely an awesome public service gesture and I am sure many can benefit from it! Shall keep my fingers crossed for people who want to make the effort 🙂

Allah remembers..

One of my teachers shared this on the forum:

Imam al-Shafi`i (rahimahullah) once said: “There’s an ayah in the Qur’an that is like an arrow in the heart of every oppressor and at the same time a source of comfort for the heart of the oppressed.”

People asked: “What is it?”

He said: “And never is your Lord forgetful [Surat Maryam: 64]

‘The’ Key

Thank you brother Bilal Phillips for this reminder yet again!

You know how it is when one under a lot of pressure and anxiety begins asking to oneself WHY?? WHY ME? WHY NOW? WHY HERE? WHY WHY WHY??? We have the tendency and so we just keep forgetting and in the end feel helpless.. and finally, exhausted, expectantly look up into the sky searching for an answer.. secretly praying.. hmmm.. depressing!

You know what pal, He does listen! He does guide!

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Here’s the latest status update of Brother Bilal Phillips on the matter.. we need to realize where we go wrong.. patience indeed, is the one key.

The One Key it is! Have Patience.. keep sabr.

Bilal Phillips wrote:

Allaah not only said: “Surely with every difficulty comes ease,” (94):6 but he also repeated the statement for special emphasis, word for word, in the verse following it. This is a divine promise of mercy, wherein, Allaah clearly states that He would never continuously burden an individual. There will always be a time of ease following all periods of hardships, therefore, man is enjoined to have Sabr (patience) at all times. It is man’s impatience which drives him to act impetuously, prematurely choosing what appears to be the easy way out, even though it falls under what has been forbidden. Impatience is a part of man’s nature, for Allaah Himself said: “Man was created hasty.” (21):37.
Consequently, the great reward in store for the righteous can only be attained if patience is exercised and the path of righteousness is followed especially in times of difficulty and temptation.

An Eemaan Booster!

Allah is enough for you!
Allah is enough for you!

Have patience! If you’re going through a tough moment, realize the fact that it is just an imtihaan (test), a mere aazmaaish.. ask Him for forgiveness of sins.. any wrong doing.. big or small.. the Almighty, the most merciful will forgive.. continuous dua and astaghfaar would make your mind go light.. and your heart will feel content.. Shaitaan will strike.. he’ll provoke you.. don’t dare go weak.. for he is not stronger than you.. hang in there.. remain within the limits of sanity.. have a grip on your nafs. Allah is with you at all times, He loves you and He is all you need. And beshak, Allah tumhain kaafii hai (Indeed, Allah is enough for you). Just have sabr (patience).. Everything will be okay.

May Allah forgive us and give us all hidayat (guidance). May He increase our eemaan (faith). InshaAllah and ameen.

Love,
Sara.

Celebrating Jinnah Sb.’s Birthday

(Written for Sakonent’s Newsletter)

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There are more than just a few reasons for many of us to rejoice the month of December! There’s Christmas, weddings, birthdays, snow, and especially in Karachi, winters are pleasant. But wait, there’s more. There’s an extra reason for the Pakistanis to celebrate and be overwhelmed all over again, by remembering the man, standing firm with his principles in place and a personality that depicted immense discipline, his idea sketched out with clarity to work on achieving us all a successful state, a nation for which the Muslims of the Sub Continent had put all their faith in none other than whom they called the father of the Nation, whom the world knows as Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on December 25, 1876 at the Vazeer Mansion, in Karachi. He completed his basic education in Karachi, and finally fled to London, to pursue his dream and passion of becoming a Barrister at Law. When after completing his studies, he came back to take care of his father’s business, his interests drew him to be actively involved in politics, and take charge as the Leader of the Muslim League. His efforts, powerful speeches and heartwarming preaching did not go futile, and as a rewards provoked the Muslims of India to not give up on the endless struggle and sacrifice, and finally on August 14th, 1947, Pakistan came into being.

The credit for this beautiful land, which we proudly stand upon today and call ours, all goes to Jinnah Sb.

And, I’d like to take this opportunity to quote Stanley Wolpert, who wrote in his book Jinnah of Pakistan,

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state.

Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”

Forgive & Forget

I read this on a page on facebook that I follow; thought I’d share it here..425749_10151415404352652_799557698_nWe have been taught “to forgive, but never forget”, right?

Most of us lie when we say that we have forgiven the people for their mistakes and wrongdoings but then we continue to remind them of their mistake sometimes. Maybe in anger or maybe just to tease or make them feel hurt.

Is this a forgiveness we want for ourselves as well?

When we raise our hands in humility towards heavens and we beg for forgiveness, what do we ask for? What kind of forgiveness do we ask for?

We want a clean chit from Allah that we have been forgiven COMPLETELY. We want another chance. We want our huge and endless list of crimes to be erased. We want Allah to accept our repentance and allow us to start again. We don’t want to be reminded of it, or have it come back to haunt or to taunt us. We want our sins to be forgiven here and veiled on the day of Judgement!!

Subhan’Allah, the mercy of our Lord, the Most Merciful is so much unique that Allah Subhanahu Wa Taa’la after forgiving a repenting believer never reminds him of his wrong deeds, neither in this world nor in the hereafter!

Hence, If we want to be forgiven completely, we must learn to forgive others completely.

May Allah help us not to bear any grudges towards anyone, to treat one another properly and to forgive another completely.

Aameen!

Source: Masnoon Islamic Duas

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Each one of us has the right to make a choice..

Although at times one is required to make compromises, for that special someone, for family, a child, for friends, and just some random people you come across in life out of the goodness of the heart.. and at times, these very people, although I’m sure they don’t intend to, begin taking things for granted.. anyway. Coming back to choices.. I’ve always believed that it’s all.. and everything that happens to us is somehow linked with the choices we make in life.

Often, when choosing a path that may have extreme obstacles, we do so with the thought that our choice will lead to a decision that would not harm us much and at the same time its impact would gain another person more benefit. That’s that angel in us just being selfless :p , knowingly exposing a vulnerable part of ourselves in front of others to simply have fun with.. exploit it at a certain level..

What actually leaves me bamboozled with a deeper intensity is when at times we make a decision that is wholly and solely for our own good, need or simply fulfills our desire, people, some of them who are in fact our very own and close to heart will not take a second to think or hesitate before labeling us.. as a self obsessed brat, slash, the most typically selfish being alive on the planet!

*Bhayee afsos houtah hai.. dil dukhta hai..*
is all I’d like to let em know..

Well, no offense intended to my dear(ies)! I love you! This isn’t to hurt u or make you feel bad if by any chance you read this. Just that today, I choose to be free of worries for no1 else but myself.

Today, I choose to be happy for no1 else but myself.

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