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 🙂

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! 🙂