Monday, February 28, 2011

:-S

Aoa

The day was quite exhausting. Sis the priss and the lil bhanju JUST left, and I feel as if I've been wrung like a cloth in the spin dry tub...
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Quoting a past blog post: But first:

The background to this is, that many times, we face such choices in life (for me, mostly they have been academic, but I am talking generally)...that things are pretty much clear on face, but when you try tearing apart the really glossy veneer, you may face a lot of confusion, and wonder as to what exactly one should do. I remember soo well, this one time when I had the choice of walking out on the job I really loved, versus the family life which was being affected. Another incident was when I had to choose between two universities :D...and I remember the best teacher of univ A advised me to go to univ B eh eh eh eh. That was fun. But the decision was hard. Suffice it to say, nothing you think and plan will ever go 100% exactly the way you planned. (case in point: I was beyond miserable when I wasn't accepted in the airforce, and placed in a university in my locality) ....But the solid fact is that Allah SWT is Watching and Knowing everything from above, more than 100% in fact. And He in His Wisdom and Mercy, may have a lot of good in the seemingly challenging choices you make in life.

So after the rambling preamble: the long-ago-written poem.

What to do!

When the edge is so near
When nothing seems clear
When the drop instills fear
What do you do?

When the noise is overwhelming
When the silence is deafening
When the people are all opining
What do you do?

When you're quite in the dark
When you don't know what to mark
When there nothing but a spark
What do you do?

When life throws a challenge
When dealing with it, leads to imbalance
When imbalance creates a to-do
What in the world do you do?

You can step back, or forward
Rush from it, or toward
Act normal, or awkward
But what do you do?

The problem may seem impossible
The task too difficult, very probable
The feeling is generally of 'blues'
The question remains; What do you do?

Copyright Uni_Scratches_headoony 2011

Waisay. I would have liked to remember this day as a very happy day - laptop's birthday after all! But it just had to end up with Dad achay say scolding me and *goes on a gee rrr eeee spreeee* ....berating me....and and.... chastising me....and and... castigating me.....and and....subjecting me to a lot of demur.... and and.... a lot of vitriol....and .... being vituperative towards me ...

:D...enough eh?

Sorry for the melodrama.  It's just that... Dad almost never scolds me :'(- that was supposed to be Mum's job!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thankful To the Power Infinity!

Assalamualaikum

The day started at Fajr. I was completely in a zombie mode. Having had a good night's sleep last night (totally unexpected!), I wasn't sleepy, but totally numb. Inside out. It was as if everything was happening in slow motion!

I am going to take this post slowly. Sorry!! I have to take it out of my system!

Sooo, then I tried to gulp down breakfast. Nothing would stay in my stomach. So much for kaajoo and dates.. :S, finally, it was time to leave. My folks looked more nervous than me :D. That was sooo cute. At breakfast table, Dad (who had especially come back home early from his after-Fajr walk) sat and said duaa and what not. Man, was I all choked up or what!



Then I left, mom and dad both at the door, anxiously watching me. I had already told them what to expect and to mom that I am going to give this exam again, because I was pretty sure I won't do well today. Reached the center. Tried not to throw up with nerves. Signed the confidentiality agreement, and tried not to wish there were more gee are eee people there (besides me). I'm not writing the full form, because of the stupid spam comments. Khair, a handful of scared looking students sat around... they were all USMLE Step 1 people.


Was photographed, and entered the place. I cannot tell you the of the condition of my heart at that point in time. :S:S Anyway, entered the testing area. Was given an open cubicle, where I was to give the test on the PC. The analytical writing section began. :S Both topics were tough! Had a bad time deciding which one to write on. I'm not good with boring essays. I can only write (longgg stuff) on stuff that is interesting :(. But this one.. ahhhh. Khair. That painfully completed, clicked on the next section, where you have to critique an argument. :D I had fun in that one. Because I love arguments waisay hee. But...!! Read a few key phrases (which I could tear apart in an argument) :S when 30 seconds were left to the end of the paper. Now, it was useless to do anything. I gave up with a big sigh and moved ahead. :D waisay, the guy in the next cubicle was sighing even more loudly than me:D:D.. After every small interval, there would emerge a BIG thandi aahh from the next cubicle.. I would have found that disturbing, if I hadn't found it so darn funny.  Lol.

That section done, I was given a ten minute break. I leaped up and went outside... had Mars mini chocolate and tried not to panic about the up coming Verbal and Quantitative sections (which are the most scary btw)...

After seven minutes, went back to the PC and the section that was thrown at me was the Quantitative one. Now imagine, just having eaten a Mars, strolling in the room, sitting down... one click! And you're facing a kaafi idiotic question on algebra (I think). God! I stared at it in amazement. Then got the sense to glance at the clock and realize one full minute had gone by (so only 44 minutes left!), and hurried back to the question. Took me another minute! (And the first questions are supposed to be not hard!). :( So as always, I was slow and painfully methodical. I HAVE to multiply numbers on PAPER...and even if I can do it in my head, my heart's never convinced that I have gotten it right. So it was no surprise, that I had done only 12 questions, and 15 minutes were left!!

I had to rush! Gee areee eeeee penalizes you more if you leave questions, rather than if you guess em wrong. So I - vainly trying to somehow get the answer of (21) ^ 1/2 [under-root 21] and failing completely to work out the answer to this question I was badly stuck in, I made painful guesses. I was so depressed while doing this !! Because obviously the clock was ticking!


Khair, that section was somehow, completed. Tried to take a few deep breaths, before 1 minute passed, and the Verbal section was thrown at me. The beginning questions were all cool. I was SO glad of the laborious hours spent on vocab! Alhamdulillah. BUT... the reading comprehension was extremely tough! I find questions like these very tough which ask us to tell (after reading a 4-paragraph essay) the organization of the passage! Man. Us main I took too much time. So that in the 30question-30 minute deal, I was again SADLY short of time. Now imagine this. 7 questions left... and 7 minutes... AND ...the next question I get, is another reading comprehension...!!! Something you have to spend more than a minute on - per question!! However firmly I screeched inwardly that:

I panicked! And badly!! God! I can't tell you, how I furiously read the passage, how idiotically I tried to figure out answers to the really tough two questions, and still spent a lot of time on them - because of their toughness. So now... 3 minutes left and 5 questions. Man! Those were analogy, sentence completion and antonym questions. If I could have recorded those moments, when I was answering them - I would have done so (for myself... :P I mean, this session was being recorded, but not for me!).

Khair. Verbal done. I was again given a minute's break, and I braced myself for the next section which would be either Verbal or quantitative again. See, they have an unscored section (which we don't know in advance)... and this section has to be solved assuming that it is scored... because you can't distinguish between scored and unscored sections. So I was desperately hoping that whichever section comes up, is NOT unscored, so that the previous badly executed attempts would be the unscored one. Ehh :D.. nothing happened which I was expecting. The next section thrown at me, was the Research Section. This is also an unscored section, but the difference is, they TELL you. That it is  an unscored section. So the next 30 minutes of mine, were spent doing a section which would have no effect on my score.

That done too...

And the screen popped up: Would you like to see your scores. My heart nearly stopped!

Man. Am I drawing this out or what !!

I clicked next! And it asked me... are you sure you want to view em? And not cancel the test? Uff. As if I can ever BEAR not to know (however badly I perform) how I did. I thought for quite a while - before clicking yes. You know why? Because I was steeling myself.. preparing myself to see something like 600 in Verbal and 650 in Quantitative. I knew I hadn't done well. And then ... I finally clicked the button.

I have a crazy feeling to write ''To be contd tomorrow" and leave - that's sadistic waisay! So I'll just be out with it. The scores that came up - made me go...

The screen showed me:

Quantitative: 800
Verbal: 710 

I was in a complete daze. Slowly, took the pencil, wrote these two down and added them up (ON PAPER!), and it came out to be 1510!!!

:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Alhamdulillah :D. The miracle actually HAPPENED. ON GROUND! Alhamdulillah!

It began to sink in! I couldn't stop smiling :D:D.

Uff. I think I grinned for a long while, before I realized that the software is now asking me whether I want to send my scores to universities. Of course NOW I could send. So I happily selected some options, stared in confusion at which department I should send it to, randomly selected one and was over and out!

Trying not to skip out of the place into the car. It was a thrilling ride back home :D. Not even in my wildest imagination could I ever imagine this kind of a score :D with the kind of prep I  had done - lasting 23 days... :S. Have learned some valuable lessons!

1. Follow people's good advices
2. Work hard. It does pay off!
3. Be miserable during exam prep. The results are cool :D
4. If you want to know how much your family loves you, give the gee arrr eeee
:D

Waisay, I'd like to thank all the good people on earth who helped me out :). *feel like I've received an oscar or something* :D

All the advices, help, tips and encouragement is appreciated from the bottom of my heart :D. From the detailed explanation on how to tackle vocab questions, to the recommendations of books from which to prepare, to the pdf documents emailed for math review and the encouraging words 2 days before the test :D:D... I'm a mass of gratefulness. May Allah Reward you good people for helping silly souls in exams :D!

So now I am finally OFF. Sorry for making a small point seem so big :P.. but as I said before, I need to get it out of my system now. Have lots to work on :(... back to reality!

Er, but maybe for today... I can be all...



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

'Twas the night before...

Sorry for the stupid title :D. Couldn't come up with anything better. I'm in a state of high-er, awareness. Everything seems brighter, sharper, in more HD detail. A dull throbbing is going on in my head, and with each throb, I try desperately not to think of any more words and struggle to come up with their meanings. :S. This phase will never be forgotten by me. The torture of final exams last year lasted 5 torturous days...this was worse! I remember so well, I gave my SATs (what was I thinking?) and spent only three bad days on it. The whole deal! Three days.

Ha! No wonder I got a stupid score.

I can't wait for tomorrow! And I don't care if I have a long(er) face than now tomorrow, but at least!! I can horse around with bhanja and try to forget my GoG (ghum of GRE) in his playfulness! When will tomorrow come? *glances at the clock again, agonized*.

There are a few scenes I would like to remember in times to come ... *grinning*.
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Scene 1:

Me: Mumm, I've decided!
Mum: What? What have you decided? Wha?
Me: Mum, I'm going to give it again.
She: Huuuuuh?
Me: The GREEEEE - I'm IA going to give it again ... in September IA. This GRE is not getting me anywhere.
Her: Ufff meray Allah

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Scene 2:

Dad: Concentrate on your exam!
Chotpo: Concentrate on your exam!
Mum: Concentrate on your exam okay?
Me: Okay okay!

Dad: Your plans have several pros and cons - and ....
Mum: Yeah, so your pros might indicate...
*blahblahblah discussion continues*

Me: Er, concentrate??
Dad: Oh yeah concentrate on your exam
Mum: Just concentrate on your exam

*blahblahblah*

*sigh*
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Scene 3: 

Chotpo sent me a forward message: :D:D:D:D
It goes like this:

Jo hogya woh hogya - Jo hona hoga woh hoga - Aur jo nahi hona hoga, woh nahi hoga - kewkay jo hona hay, woh to hogaa hee hoga - ab daikhna yeh hay keh KIA hoga , aur kia nahi hoga - Honay ko to kuch bhe hoga - yehe sochna hay keh kia hoga? Agar kuch hoga to theek hoga aur nahi hoga to bhee theek hoga - ab aap bataao keh aagey kia hoga ? Kisi aur ko yeh message bhejo to time pass hoga - aur nahi hoga to woh pagal to zaroor hoga. 

*lote pote with laughter*. Bless her for cheering me up. She also got stuff like kaajoo (cashews) and dates! If only they can act as brain stimulants tomorrow, and make me smarter than I am! Ameeen
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Scene 4: 

Tonight, when I was praying Isha, I was reciting Surah Rahman. :S:S. This isn't funny. I can't believe my brain came up with THAT. So in the Surah, this Ayah comes: No. 64.

62. And besides these two, there are two other Gardens (i.e. in Paradise).
63. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?
64. Dark green (in colour).
65. Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny?

So when I came to Ayah 64 - "Mudhaaamm mataaan" (Arabic transliteration), my mind ... jumped to the translation ..."lush, dark green" - and and...  my brain immediately searched its database for the GRE word which has this meaning ....and it wouldn't stop! Till it found that word... and that word is 'verdant' (lush, green) ...

I couldn't believe it! So much for khushu khuzuh :(.

May Allah Guide us in this respect Ameen!!
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So long folks.

If anybody remembers, please pray for a miracle tomorrow. Ameen!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pretty Useful :}

This short, yet so meaningful Hadith plays an important role in almost all facets of life. I find it HUGELY relevant, especially these days.

When you feel like you are trapped in the 'IF' thoughts, remember that Rasulullah [SallAllahu Alayhi WaSallam] said "Seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don't say: IF I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do and your "IF" opens the (gate) for the Satan."
[Sahih Muslim Book:33 No:6441]

I so so hope and pray I remember this tomorrow, and not get into cursing myself for abandoning my books till nearly 23 days before the exam.

Ameen.

Leetle Relaxations :D


 Top of the ''morning'' to you folks. Random though this may get, I seriously do not feel like doing another practice question. No surprise then, that I'm here typing away lazily. I think one source of my relaxation may be that I finally got a decent score in a quantitative practice test. Woh alag baat that I ran out of time and er, did the 60 questions in 70 minutes (instead of the 60 minutes).

Sigh. Kaplan questions are hard.

Khair. Interesting conversation of the day:

Chotpo: *staring at my novel of sentences containing GRE vocab* : You did this?
Me: Er, yeah. Wrote this, yes.
She: Like, the WHOLE list?
Me: No No... the list had 3500 words. I picked those that were the hardest. So this is a 1200 word-sentences story!
She: Koi pagal hee kar sakta hay yeh khwaari!
Me: *scowl*...: Yeah so the result is that I'm scoring okay in verbal and not at all good in quantitative now. I learned my lesson :(
She: LOL... *still reading the story*... What madness is this?
Me: It's not supposed to be sane ... it's supposed to only remind me of the words. Throw one at me!
She: insurrection
Me: Oh in he went, informed people of resurrection and pretty soon, there was wild rebellion.. The answer is rebellion.
She: Man! I don't believe you. I simply don't.
*I got several of her questions wrong then, so  she was convinced that I haven't managed to put all the 1200 words in my vocab*

Chotpo: You should sell this thing. Nobody would do such a thing! Ever.
Me: Er, you're wrong there pal.
She: Whaaat.?
Me: The idea wasn't mine! I didn't come up with this! It was FA's.
She: Hain???  Oh I'm sure it's not FA's original idea either!
:D:D:D. Good old Chotpo!
Me: Er, ineluctable? I don't rem!!
She: HOW can you remember ALL of them?
Me: That's the thing see. This theory of learning words has one important condition attached - which I overlooked.
Chotpo: What's that?
Me: One has to have a REALLY good memory. And I suck at remembering even day to day stuff, how can I remember a senseless tale of Luna and Lexy hounding a photographer till he gives them a compiler of dictionary? Obviously it's impossible!
Chotpo: Lol!

Khair. The other good thing that happened today was that the kid next door stopped howling after I wrote my blog post in the afternoon :D Should have written the post earlier!

Should go back to my word list then. I'm imagining. The day after tomorrow, if zindagi rahi, to I will be free of this stupid preparation. *lost in the reverie*

I'll leave you with a few of the 12 nice tips for Muslim youths, taken from an article on iloveAllah.com Blog.

Tip # 4 : Talk To People As If You Really Don't Know Them
Don't assume you know someone just by looking at them. You don't know that the Muslim girl in your homeroom who walks through the school's hallways as if they were fashion show catwalks, is not someone you can talk to about Allâh because she looks like a snob. Or that the Muslim guy who you've never seen at Juma at your university is a "bad Muslim". Maybe he was never really taught Islâm and has no idea what importance Friday prayers have in Islâm, especially for Muslim men.

Tip # 9 : Ask Them 4 Fundamental Questions
As your friendship develops, you will notice the topics you discuss may become more serious. You may be discussing, for instance, future goals and plans. We recommends four questions to ask that can steer the topic to Allâh and Islâm:
a. Where am I going in life and what would make me really happy deep down inside?
b. What do I believe?
c. Who should I be grateful to?
d. Did I get to where I am today without the help of anyone?

Tip # 11 : Help Instill Confidence In Adults
Adults, like Bart Simpson's dad Homer, are considered bumbling idiots in the eyes of "teen culture". Your job as a young Muslim is to help turn the tables on this false and un-Islâmic belief. All you have to do is this: when a Muslim adult does something good (i.e. saving someone's life, donating money to a worthy cause, the Imam gives a good speech, taking good care of his/her family) bring it up in the course of your conversations with your friend and praise the adult in question. Doing this regularly may not only change your friend's perspective, but could lead to them seeing their own parents in a more respectful way.

So long !

Friday, February 18, 2011

Neural Jumble



My brain feels like somebody has pounded it well, and poured in a mixed jumble of alphabets, all of which are now joining together in strange and amazing new words, which by the way, I don't recall the meanings of. So after ''going through'' nearly 1300 words, and remembering only a handful of them, life seems kinda..... wordy. Believe me, even now, when I go through practice verbal set, at EACH word, my neurons fire up and send this message to the brain "I have seen this word before!!" and ha! The brain smartly replies, "So what's the meaning?" And the neurons remain silent.

What skulduggery.

By the way, I forgot to write a disclaimer to this post: It will be a zany one, so proceed at your own risk.

I often think of Paradise and how it would be like. I know I should work for it more - rather than fantasize about it. But you see, if you have a pile of wordiness and numberliness in front of you and that's the only thing you have got to look forward to for the next 5 days ... (Omg, only 5 days left??!?!), then the mind conjures up the most .... chimerical stuff. Stuff that you can only dream about. For now.

So what's my ideal Jannah going to be like? Here's one version!

My corner of Paradise would be.. uh, having a huge... a HUGE... a veryyy hugeeee rollercoaster. It would have multiple loops. And no loop will have the same round boring shape. It would be in different shapes. The time duration of the rollercoaster ride would be not at all less than 2 minutes. What a rip off.It would be a solid 10-minute ride. And nobody gets dizzy in the end. After each ride, the course of the roller coaster will change to resemble a new shape. So that every ride is different. One of the hallmarks of the ride would be that at the end, the roller coaster runs out of tracks, and free falls... and then goes straight into the water... transforms into a boat, which zooms ahead, spraying water on all the screaming riders (btw, the first seat is reserved for me).  Then the boat will zoom through the water, enter a tunnel like thing (resembling Sindbad's Log Ride?) and shoot out the tunnel and splash in the water.

*lost in the reverie*



 To be contd. :P






Pretty Interesting!

I am not quoting the whole article, because it would eat up the brain :) but interesting excerpts from it! It's actually an interview with K R Bolton, a writer and an analyst. I found his views pretty logical.

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"Color Coded" Egypt; Did US-backed NGOs Help to Topple Mubarak

By Mike Whitney

February 16, 2011
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Information Clearing House" -- 

MW----Do we know whether foreign agents or US-backed NGOs participated in the demonstrations in Tahrir Square? Could they have played a part in toppling Mubarak?

K R Bolton--The revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and as they are spreading further afield have all the hallmarks of the NED/Soros “color revolutions” that were fomented in the former Soviet bloc states and in Myanmar and elsewhere. They all follow the same pattern and many years of planning, training and funding have gone into the ridiculously called “spontaneous” (sic) revolts.

The organizations that have spent years and much money creating revolutionary organizations in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere include the National Endowment for Democracy, USAID, International Republican Institute, Freedom House, Open Society Institute, and an array of fronts stemming therefrom, including: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Center for International Private Enterprise, and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity.

These organizations have for years been backing Egyptian “activists.” Freedom House for e.g. trained 16 young Egyptian “activists” in 2009 in a two month scholarship.

A few days ago the New York reported the association between the April 6 Youth movement, and Optor, the Serbian youth movement that was pivotal in overthrowing Milosevic for the benefit of globalism and the free market. Now April 6 is addressing youths form Libya, Iran, Morocco and Algeria. (“A Tunisian-Egyptian Link that Shook Arab History,” New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/world/middleeast/14egypt-tunisia-protests..html).

MW---Whether US-backed activists were involved in the demonstrations or not, don't you think that the vast labor unrest across the country suggests that "homegrown" organizations are the real force that is driving the revolution?

K R Bolton--There do not seem to be any ‘homegrown’ organisations that have played a leading role in the revolts. The labor unions for example were organized, trained and funded by NED. The American Center for International Labor Solidarity works in conjunction with the Center for International Private Enterprise, and is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, National Endowment for Democracy, U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, AFL-CIO, private foundations, and national and international labor organizations. What kind of labor organisation collaborates with those who promote globalisation and the free market?

One of the organizations especially created to sponsor pro-globalist unions is the NED-based Solidarity Center that has been involved with recreating the labor movement in Egypt. NED’s 2009 report for grants includes $318,75 to the American Center for International Labor Solidarity for their program in Egypt; in addition to an array of other organizations in Egypt, and especially those directed at training “youth activists” in social media networking and other features of “spontaneous revolt.”


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Anybody who is further interested, may read the rest of the pakao article on the link quoted on top of the post.

Kashif's Abbasi's interview of Shah Mahmood Qureshi was cool today :D. I normally don't watch that program, but happened to glance at the repeat program, watched so avidly by Mum and Dad, and caught quite a few glad words from his side. To think I had categorized him in the line of morons that make up our top leadership! Glad I was wrong!

And guess what! Remember the crazy cravings? And remember how I wasn't able to get the plain cake (because the bakery had run out of it)? Today in the morning, when I woke up, saw a packed box on the table. :D:D Pata chala keh some blessed guy got engaged and his dad (our dad's friend) sent in a PLAIN CAKE as a 'Mubarak baad thingie' .. eh eh eh. How's that for a 'khwaish poori hona'...

Now if I had asked for a 1400+ score in GRE....... hmmmmm I wonderrrrr.....

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Awwwwwwwww (add infinite 'w's here!!) and Ugh :@

Forwarded email. Omg. Cutest pictures I've ever seen! *smitten*













These forwards can be a source of a huge cheerup!

Only to have the smile wiped off from your face as you learn about the latest development on the spineless creatures club - our politics of course.

They didn't mind giving ''immunity'' to this lovely human being who was carrying around pictures of our sensitive military areas! Some diplomat. Ha! And they expect us to believe in 'qaanoon'? Rule of LAW?

What law? The law that allows them to create forged documents, and define illegal definitions? Skate over crucial details, and choose their own hides and dollars over their citizen's lives? Choose aid packages over human dignity and state sovereignty?

There will be further Daymond Ravises... roaming the country pretty soon. Shooting around people and spying on our madressahs. After all, they're all going to get ''diplomatic immunity'' no?

I'm wondering. If Raymond Davis had managed to shoot some important relative of Fozia Wahab, or Rehman Malik, would they still be so vocal in providing ''immunity'' to the beloved creature?


And I am ashamed of you all. I am ashamed to call you a leader anyway, and remember - you will have to answer three victims of this man, who will ask you why you did not deal out justice, when you were in a position to do so. Better prepare some good answers in the foreign office.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Is your ITunes full of Music or Quran?

Nice show :) where they talk about the distractions that we can so easily get into, and not come out of - for er, the rest of our lives. Anything that makes us completely involved, and takes 100% attention...should make us stop and think a bit. Is it the right thing? Is my intention right? Am I neglecting other important things in the pursuit of this particular thing? Etc.

May Allah Guide us all to the Way that is Straight! Ameen.

"A friend is someone who's there when he needs you" - Anon

Dear God

Could you please grant me some like-minded friends in this life?

3-4 will do, but even one is fine.

And can they please be females?

And can they please not live more than 8000 miles away from me?

And please, can they not be incredulous when I talk about my crazy big ideas on how to change the world?

And can they be really interested in ''current affairs'' and not ''celebrities' affairs''?

And can they please be not busy in some career and a full time job?

And please, can they be not married with kids so they don't have any time for now for others?

And......

Er, I guess the conditions are far too many. :(. Forget it.

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Dear Brain

Could you please develop some inclination for learning vocab? 500 words isn't enough and you know it.

And could you please, like... get SMARTER?

And can you please not make stupid errors in quantitative questions. You CAN do visual processing right? So why should you miss out a ''not'' and mess up a fairly simple probability question?

And will it kill you to comprehend the reading comprehension...? No matter how boring it is? A 580 is not good enough and you should have gotten a better score today.

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Dear Heart

Could you please stop laughing at idiotic jokes like:

When a girl falls in love with a guy, her parents say, "Who's that idiot!??!" And when a guy falls in love with a girl, his parents say, "Idiot! Who's that girl? - Moral: Guys are always the idiot!

And could you please find some inclination towards somehow transferring these vocab words to the brain.. it's not that big a transfer, is it?

Just make yourself WANT this scholarship, can you?

And please, it's a humble request. Don't be inclined towards any recipes for bread pudding, and healthy veggie salad. The two do not go together.

And can you please detach yourself from BLOGGER?

And no, please don't dream of swimming and running right now. It's time to study. And you don't have permission to run in the park anyway. Please be content. You can run all you want in Jannah (IA).

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"I can resist everything except temptation." - Oscar Wilde.

"Celebrating" Eid -e- Milad -un- Nabi (SAW)

The following are the most relevant excerpts I can extract from this booklet, titled "The ruling concerning the Mawlid an Nabawi - The Celebration of Prophet's Birthday" by Shaikh Saleh Ibn Fawzan Ibn Al-Fawzan (and translated by Shawana A Aziz)

[Btw, the reason why I find the following very convincing is because the sources all go back to Quran and Sunnah. No extra stuff! You are free to disagree with this, but if you do have an open mind, at least go through it before dismissing this at a glance!] Btw.. excellent website: http://qsep.com
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The celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi is from amongst the rejected innovative celebrations, and those who participate in the celebration of Mawlid are of different types;

1. Some simply gather on the occasion and read the story of birth, give speeches and recite poems.
2. Some prepare food and sweets, and distribute it to the attendees.
3. Some commemorate the celebration in the mosques while others in the houses.
4. Some do not limit themselves to the above, they add to it
prohibited actions of mingling between men and women, dancing, singing or acts of Shirk like invoking and calling upon Allah's Messenger , etc.

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Translator's Note:
Shaikh Abdul Aziz ibn Baz (rahimahullah) writes in Hukhmul-Ahtafal bil-Mawlid,
“Some (of those who celebrate Mawlid an-Nabawi) believe that the Messenger of Allah visits (the celebrations of) Mawlid. They also stand to greet and welcome the Prophet. This is the greatest falsehood and worst form of ignorance because the Prophet shall never come out of his grave before the Day of Resurrection. He will neither meet/make contactwith any person nor attend their gatherings. Instead, the Prophet shall reside in his grave until the Day of Resurrection while his soul rests with his Lord in the
most exalted and highest place.

Allah says in Soorah al-Muminoon (23): 15-16, "After that, surely you will die. Then (again), youwill be resurrected on the Day of Resurrection." 
The Prophet said, "I am the first one to rise from the grave on the Resurrection Day and I will be the first intercessor and the first one whose intercession is to be accepted."

This Qur'aanic verse and hadeeth prove that the Messenger of Allah and all the deceased will leave their
graves only on the Day of Resurrection and there is a consensus of the scholars on this issue. A Muslim should be aware and not be misled by innovations and superstitions created by ignorant people without any authority from Allah at all.”
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The first one to encourage this celebration was King Muzaffar Abu Sa'eed Kaukabouri, the king of Irbil at the end of the sixth century or at the beginning of the seventh century as has been documented by historians like IbnKatheer, Ibn Khalkan and others.

Hafidh Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) writes in al-Bidayah in reference to Abu Sa'eed Koukabouri,

"He (Abu Sa'eed Koukabouri) used to celebrate Mawlid in the month of Rabei al-Awwal in an appalling way with a huge celebration. Some of those whowitnessed the activities of Muzaffar during few Mawlid celebrations have narrated that he used to offer five thousand grilled heads of sheep, ten thousand chicken, one thousandbowls of cream, and thirty thousand plates of sweets... in those celebrations.

It was said, 'He used to let the Soofis sing from Dhuhr to Fajr, and he would himself dancewith them.'”


The celebration of Mawlid an-Nabawi is prohibited and rejected due to several reasons:

1. The celebration ofMawlid is neither from the Sunnah of Allah's Messenger nor his Caliphs and anything that is not from these, is a prohibited Bidah (innovation). Allah's Messenger said,
"Stick to my Sunnah and the Sunnah of my rightly guided Caliphs, cling to it firmly with your molar teeth. Beware of newly invented matters, for every new matter is an innovation and every innovation is misleading." 

Whosoever performs an act with the intention of achieving closeness to Allah while such an act was neither performed or commanded by Allah's Messenger nor by his Caliphs after him - then performing
such an act constitutes accusing the Messenger of not (correctly/completely) explaining the Deen to the people. Performing this act also amounts to belying the statement of Allah, "This day, I have perfected your religion for you." [Soorah al-Maidah (5): 3]

Such is because (by performing an innovated act) one comes up with something supplementary claiming that it is from the religion while Allah's Messenger did not order us with it.

2. Celebrating Mawlid (birthday) of Allah's Messenger is an imitation of the Christians in their celebrating the birthday of Prophet Eesa , whereas imitating them- especially in matters of their religion - is strictly prohibited, and differing from them is prescribed in the Ahadeeth of Allah's Messenger ,The Prophet said,

"Whoever imitates/resembles a people is one of them." [Musnad Ahmad (2/05) and Abu Dawood (4/314)]

3. Apart from being a Bidah (innovation) and Tashbeeh (imitation) of the Christians - and both of them are prohibited - to the extent that those who participate in this celebration call upon the Prophet , seek his help and chant poems of Shirk in his praise, like Qasidah al-Burdah, and its like. Allah's Messenger has prohibited such forms of exaggeration. The Prophet said,

"Do not exaggerate in me, as the Christians exaggerated about the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say 'the slave of Allah and the Messenger of Allah.'" 

[Saheeh al-Bukharee (4/142 -3445)]

4. Celebrating the Bidah of Mawlid opens the door to other innovations and diverts people towards it. We thus find those who participate in such innovations active in reviving the Bidah and lazy in performing the Sunnah, and enraged at the people of Sunnah until all their religion revolves around innovated memories and birthdays.
Allah said, "They worship besides Allah things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say, 'These are our intercessors with Allah.'" [Soorah Yunus (10): 18]

"Those who take Awliya (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say),
'We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah.'"
[Soorah az-Zumar (39): 3]

A doubt - cleared up!
Doubt 1 : Celebration of Mawlid is honoring the Prophet

Reply
Honoring the Prophet is in his Ittiba (following); acting upon his commands, refraining from that which he has prohibited and loving him. The adulation of the Prophet is not by innovation, corruption, sin and commemoration of celebrations in memory of his birthday in this undesirablewaybecause it is a sin.
The Sahabah were the ones, who honored Allah's Messenger the most asUrwaibn Mas'ood said to the Quraish,

"O people, by Allah I have visited kings. I went to Caesar, Chosroes and the Negus, but by Allah I have never seen a king whose companions respected him as much as the companions of Muhammad respected Muhammad (SAW).....If he instructed them to do something, they would hasten to do as he commanded. When he performed wudhu, they would almost fight over his water. When he spoke they would lower their voices in his presence; and they did not look him in the eye out of respect for him." [Saheeh al-Bukharee]


Even with this enormous amount of respect and honor for Allah's Messenger , the Sahabah did not commemorate a celebration or carnival on his birthday. If it was a prescribed matter, they would not
have missed it.


Lastly:
Allah's Messenger said, "Whoever amongst you lives (for a long time) will see many differences. I urge you to follow my Sunnah and the way of the rightly-guided Caliphs after me. Hold on to it firmly. Beware of newly-invented matters, for every innovation is misguidance."
[Musnad Ahmad(4/164) and at-Tirmidhee (2676)]

IJN RELEASES NEW EVIDENCE IN CASE OF DR AAFIA SIDDIQUI - CALLS FOR REPATRIATION

The truth has to come out some day! And I have hope that we don't have to wait till the Day of Judgment, for the Dr Aafia case, to be unveiled. Insha Allah!
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February 14, 2011. Early Monday morning, International Justice Network published a report regarding the highly controversial case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui. Representing the Siddiqui Family in the United States, IJN has spent the past 14 months researching the circumstances surrounding the unusual arrest and custody of the Pakistani mother of three. Supported with previously unreleased evidence, IJN has uncovered direct involvement by Pakistan agencies in the disappearance of Dr. Aafia and her three young children in March 2003 -- five years before the US government claims she was first arrested in Afghanistan in July 2008.

The report, Aafia Siddiqui: Just the Facts, reveals shocking new evidence that contradicts official statements from governments of both Pakistan and the United States that Dr. Siddiqui was not detained in their custody prior to her arrest in 2008. IJN has obtained a secret audio recording of a senior Pakistani police official who admits he was personally involved in the arrest of Dr. Siddiqui and her children eight years ago This account is corroborated by substantial documentary evidence and witness testimony, which all points to the same conclusion-that Dr. Siddiqui and her three children were initially arrested in March 2003 with the knowledge and cooperation of local authorities in Karachi, Pakistan, and subsequently interrogated by Pakistani military intelligence (ISI) as well as U.S. intelligence agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

This shameful new revelation will not only establish a stage for holding specific political actors accountable for the grave injustice done to Dr. Siddiqui and her family, but should serve as a keystone for repairing the severed diplomatic ties between Pakistan and the United States.

AAFIA SIDDIQUI - JUST THE FACTS
a report by
International Justice Network

click on links below





"You can't build a case on hate.  
You should build it on facts."
--Dr. Aafia Siddiqui (Trial Testimony, January 28, 2010)  
==================== 

In a letter to Interior Minister, Rehman Malik,  last week, IJN Executive Director, Tina M. Foster, urged the government of Pakistan to take immediate action to demand Dr. Siddiqui's repatriation, while the U.S. government is seeking the return of the Lahore shooter.   In it, Ms. Foster stated:  

"The safety and security of all Pakistani citizens is compromised when U.S. government agents can kill civilians on Pakistani soil with impunity, while the daughter of the nation (who has never caused harm or injury to anyone) languishes in a Texas prison for a crime she didn't commit.   Justice demands that Raymond Davis not be repatriated to the United States without securing the return of Dr. Siddiqui to Pakistan.  

The path is now clear.  The only question that remains is whether the government of Pakistan is willing to take it."
The report and a copy of the secret audio recording are available on IJN's website, www.ijnetwork.org  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebrating Valentine's Day


I'm quoting some excerpts from a pdf document titled "Celebrating Valentine's Day" - you can read the full text here.

The Pope designated the day of the death of Saint Valentine, February 14, 270 CE, as a festival of love. Who is the Pope? He is the “the archbishop, the supreme pontiff of the universal church, the successor of Saint Peter.” Look at this “archbishop” and how he prescribed for them the observance of this festival which was an innovation in their religion.

This reminds us of what Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allaah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allaah)…”[al-Tawbah 9:31]

It was narrated that ‘Adiy ibn Haatim said: “I came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wearing a gold cross around my neck. He said, ‘O ‘Adiy, cast aside this idol.’ And I heard him reciting from Soorat Baraa’ah [al-Tawbah] (interpretation of the meaning): ‘They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allaah.’ He said: ‘They do not worship them, but when they permit them something they accept it as permitted, and when they forbid them something they accept it as forbidden.’” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and it is a hasan hadeeth).

Among the most important symbols of this holiday:

1 – Expressing joy and happiness on this occasion, as on their other major festivals.
2 – Exchanging red roses, which are an expression of love, the “spiritual love” of the pagans or the “love” of the Christians. Hence it is known to them as the Feast of Lovers.
3 – The sending of greetings cards. On some of these cards are pictures of “Cupid”, who appears as a child with two wings, carrying a bow and arrows. This was the god of love of the pagan Romans – exalted be Allaah far above their fabrications and their association of others with Him.
4 – Exchange of words of love and desire in the greetings cards which they send to one another, in verse, prose and short phrases. Some of the cards contain comical pictures and funny words, and they often contain the phrase “be my Valentine”. This represents the Christian concept of this festival after it was taken from the pagan concept.
5 – In many western countries, parties are held during the day and in the evening, where there is mixing of men and women, and dancing. Many of them send gifts such as roses and boxes of chocolates to their wives, friends and those whom they love.

Anyone who looks at what is said above about the myths surrounding this pagan festival will clearly understand the following:

That its origins lie in the pagan beliefs of the Romans, where it was an expression of the spiritual love of the idols which they used to worship instead of Allaah. Whoever celebrates it is celebrating an occasion of shirk on which the idols are venerated. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, whosoever sets up partners (in worship) with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise to him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers”[al-Maa’idah 5:72]

Someone may ask: why do we Muslims not celebrate this festival?
This question may be answered in several ways:
In Islam, the festivals are clearly defined and well established, and no additions or subtractions may be accepted. They are an essential part of our worship and there is no room for ijtihaad or personal opinion. They have been prescribed for us by Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Festivals are part of the laws, clear way and religious ceremonies of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way[al-Maa’idah 5:48]

‘For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow’[al-
Hajj 22:67]


like the qiblah (direction faced in prayer), prayer and fasting. So there is no difference between joining them in their festival and joining them in their other rituals. Agreeing with the whole festival is agreeing with kufr. Agreeing with some of their minor issues is the same as agreeing with them in some of the branches of kufr. Festivals are the most distinctive things by which religions are told apart, so whoever celebrates their festivals is agreeing with the most distinctive rituals of kufr. Undoubtedly going along with them in their festivals may in some cases lead to kufr. Dabbling in these things, at the very least, is a sin. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to the fact that every nation has its own festivals when he said: ‘Every nation has its own Eid and this is our Eid’ (al-Bukhaari , 952, Muslim, 1892).” (al-Iqtidaa’, 1/471-472)

There is no religion which encourages its followers to love and care for one another more than Islam does. This applies at all times and in all circumstances, not just on one particular day. Indeed, Islam encourages us to express our emotions and love at all times, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If a man loves his brother, let him tell him that he loves him.” (narrated by Abu Dawood, 5124; al-Tirmidhi, 2329; it is saheeh).

And he said: “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, you will not enter Paradise until you truly believe, and you will not truly believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you of something that, if you do it, you will love one another? Spread (the greeting of) salaam amongst yourselves.” (Narrated by Muslim, 54)

The Fatwa of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him)

Question:
In recent times the celebration of Valentine’s Day has become widespread, especially among female students. This is one of the Christian holidays. They wear all red clothes, including their shoes, and they exchange red flowers… We hope that you can tell us the ruling on celebrating such holidays. What do you advise the Muslims to do with regard to such things? May Allaah keep you and take care of you.

He replied:

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is not permitted for several reasons:

1 – It is an innovated celebration which has no basis in sharee’ah.
2 – It calls for people to keep their hearts and minds busy with these foolish things that go against the guidance of the pious predecessors (may Allaah be pleased with them), so it is not permitted on this day to do any of the customs associated with that holiday, whether that be connected to food, drink, clothing, exchanging gifts or anything else. The Muslim should be proud of his religion and not be so weak of character that he follows everyone who makes a noise. I ask Allaah to protect the Muslims from all temptations, visible and invisible, and to take care of us and give us strength. And Allaah knows best.

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It's entirely our own choice now when we think it is a miniscule thing to just WISH a person - or just DO something nice for somebody...and who said it has to be a girl/guy thing! It can be a bro/sis thing etc etc.

In the light of all the evidence we have, it is a very clear way forward for Muslims of today... even if they're bedazzled by the "Jazba" magical offers in the country! 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Excellent Reminder!



Nuggets of useful info!

Assalamualaikum

Since the days are so cra... er, bad, no wonder I was in a completely scowly mood by the time I finally got home by 9.30pm today. We had a quiz too!

And it went well :D Allah ka shukkar. Basically, since my nose is pressed to the GRE books these days, I hadn't found the inclina... er, time to study. So a very hasty read-through was given to the stuff, hoping against hope this teacher wouldn't give ratta stuff. Shukkar Allah ka he is not the type! :)... Gave an open book test! Lovely :D

Brain felt rusty after being used after such a long time :D

Yeah, so we were at the bad mood dilemma. The class was an exhausting one today.. and this shouting-down by other classmates didn't feel that good either (basically I was suggesting to the teacher to have an open-book everything.. tests, midterm, exams everything.. he sort of agreed but the other classfellows thought I had gone crazy).. :'(. Anyway.

So after coming back, since I had to cook rice, and my rice was on the stove .. (lol), I was contemplating on the sadder things in life.. and aeween main, strolled into the drawing room... saw a bag of books there (stuff bought from the Book Expo), reached inside and pulled out a book, intending to read it till the chawal got done. Guess what book came in my hand... this is cool I tell you.

The book was "You Can Be The Happiest Woman In the World" :D... I grinned to myself, and thought hey what the heck, let's open a page at random! And so I opened the book. Fell on page 42.
And what was in page 42?

Lemme quote:


You will be the winner in all situations


You have to seek reward with Allah. If some worry, distress or grief befalls you, remember that it is an expiation for sin. If you lose one of your children, remember that he will intercede for you before Allah. If some disability or sickness befalls you, remember that it brings its own reward from Allah, which is preserved with Him. Hunger, sickness and poverty all bring their own rewards from Allah. Nothing is ever lost with Him. He Keeps it as a trust with Him until He Gives it to its owner in the Hereafter.


"Prayer is guaranteed to bring tranquility and chase away worry."

Eh eh eh. And the coolest thing is that I don't have any big huge troubles like the ones mentioned above. I stupidly worry about small insignificant things.

So... I cheered up! And so should you, if you have any sort of worries: big or small, stupid or intelligent, any worry in the world.

Btw, Shah Mahmood Qureshi admitted that Raymond Davis is not a ''diplomat'' :D.. Kudos to him for saying the truth at last! Even if it cost him his high position. Koi to bara bola :D:D


Friday, February 11, 2011

HE went :D... and IT returned :D:D

Assalamualaikum

MOOO-barak to all!

Egypt's Da Man has left. Fled the country to somewhere exotic which has an apt name (Sharm-al-Sheikh? :P). The internet-revolution was successful, but this success is only partial. Only one part is done! Mubarak's departure.

What's left is to see who takes his place, and which policies does he follow. I'm not much hopeful in the current scenario where Omer Solaiman is the one who has been delegated the powers right now, since he has been known to work closely with US and Israel - so no doubt there what kind of policies will he follow.

I just wish the second part of this revolution brings about a changed leader in this great country. A leader who does NOT stuff like "People can stay hungry in Gaza, but they shouldn't starve!"

This lovely statement was said by:


Egypt has been Israel's chief partner in the devastating blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has caused Gaza's economy to be on the "brink of collapse," as a UN spokesman put it yesterday. Suleiman is quoted in a December 2007 cable as wanting the blockade to cause "Gaza to go 'hungry' but not 'starve.'" 80 percent of the people of Gaza rely on UN aid to survive.
Source: here 
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So what came back? My data :D:D

The laptop still is in the ''workshop'' and the hard drive was successfully retrieved (hadn't gotten formatted like I was worried it had), and thankfully, all the necessary stuff is lying safely in a USB.

I have learned my lesson! Back up NOW
There is no LATER... now is the word!

So this means :D, that the past 2-3 days of continuous typing has worked and all the GRE vocab is now in the form of a 1285-sentence novel :D waiting to be read (with beyzaari, Im sick of all of them seriously), by me, er, soon.

I really hope this method works out well *anxiously*, and Happy Moo-barak fleeing day to you all :D

Painful Days !!

Assalamualaikum

The continuous stress and pressure is so getting to me. This pushing oneself to the limit really teaches something!

1. Humans can work really long hours, if required!
2. They can survive on 4 hours of sleep at night.
3. Point number 2 can repeat throughout the week...
4. It's tough to explain why one needs to ''learn'' vocab!
5. I hated the MS class we had today!
6. Gotta stay up till 4am at least *wide yawn*

I wish GRE folks hadn't changed the analytical portion. That used to be so much fun!! The local GAT follows that pattern... and it's way better. There was no need to introduce that fuzool Analaytical writing... which can work if you're lucky, and go completely flop if you don't get the right idea from the topic you are given. Ugh!

Some nice things to balance out the bad-ness

1. Hosni Mubarak MIGHT just live up to his surname today :D
2. Another day has gone by with Raymond Davis FakeName still in his comfortable room in prison and not escorted to the airport, and sent away with state honor.
3. Electricity went off (and there was a fault in generator) at university today, so quite a lot of time was wasted :D
4. I managed to get the book (of this subject) from the library! Shukkarrr
5. Heard a lot of whispers and lots of "Poocho poocho"..."Acha na pooch raha hoon - sabar to karo" ... before this one guy finally asked me ''Zara yeh book dikhaa dain''
6. *lote pote with laughter* at point number 5

Image source

Oh btw, another good thing is that finally got a working browser in my netbook. Has a funny name lol. SeaMonkey! Ain't that cute! 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dizzy!


If anybody were to ask me 'Hey, what's up?', I'd take this literally and say that my head is up, which is kind of a rolling swirl of letters and alphabets right now. My entire soul seems to be spinning. I keep imagining the table is shaking and check to see if an earthquake has come again... but then find out, it's my own self, slowly swaying... in time to..? To the pounding in my head. I cannot remember any other day when I have been this crazily ghoomofied in this vocab list which is just not getting prepared so that I can start learning it. 

*tries hard to keep her chin up*

This whole episode is something I'd like to forget in my life veryyy soon. *tries to keep her head from nodding randomly*... and I never want to wish this upon anybody else in my entire life. Not even... *pauses*... Zardari. 

And know what the worst absolutely BAD bit is? That I'm sick of these words already. I loath the thought of having to learn them up (because that would mean going through them again), and also... this is one horrific way of increasing vocab. It's like I'm breaking the word down to lil pieces and trying to shove them down my throat. Urgh!

I am on sentence number 414! (800 more to go? Oh joy!) and the stories are still not completing. I thought it would be faster if I typed. And the result? I have been sitting in front of the PC for the entire day!!! Entire ...! Day!!


I had given myself 3 days to write the stories down in order to learn them. And two days are gone! I have 24 more hours... *blearily*.. But I have got to sleep! Even when I close my eyes, a word pops up behind my closed eye-lids, beckoning me - taunting me to try and guess its meaning! 

Allah Help Me and the worst vocab-learning experience of my life!
Ameen. 

Btw, the sick events in my country have made me feel more sick. As if it wasn't painful enough to watch the widow of one of the victims of Raymond Davis kill her self yesterday :'(.... the worst bit was yet to come. He (the murderer) is being shifted to this jail where they had a state of emergency for 3 hours and checked out 'conditions' of the jail... whether the murderer can comfortably live there or not. There were 'foreign inspectors' as well, to see whether all the comforts of life will be given to their companion, who would be staying at this five-star facility free of charge, while the nation mourns the dead and the relatives of the murdered condemn in futility. 

I can only hope that Allah SWT Punish really badly, both in this world, and the Hereafter, the perpetrators of this heinous crime and our servile aid-providers, murderer-paaarers - who would like nothing than to see Raymond Davis, fly back to his country safely and soundly. Never mind he killed three people here... who cares, right?


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Many Happy Returns :D

Assalamualaikum

Since today - 6th of Feb - is the day when my sis the priss came into this world, I decided to do a special post for her er, not that big day!
:P

I am not a huge fan of birthdays (although I can never admit I don't like presents :S), but sometimes, doing special things for special people is really ... *lame finish coming up* .. special.

:D

SO! Since I didn't know what kind of gift would she like.. (*sigh*, it was so much easier in the good old, I mean pre-marital days of hers, when me and Chotpo would venture out, and buy the biggest folder ever and give it to her!) - I began to think of what's so important in her life right now!

And the obvious answer is.. BHANJU!!

(Sorry TB, not to offend you or anything).

So I wrote a silly poem for Bhanju, hoping that Sis the Priss would be nehaal to see it, as she always is, when somebody shows the slightest love for her beloved son!

[Guilty secret: I had thought I would be jealous of Bhanju, but since he loves me so much I can't find in my heart to be jealous of the naughty lil soul].

So, the poem!

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I could wear the drabbiest, shabbiest clothes
He doesn't care
I could have the worst-hair-day
He doesn't care
I could be the most grouchy person alive
Ready to bite off any head that comes my way
He's ready to hug, anyway
I could be the busiest person alive
He has all the patience in the world
To wait...
I can shrug him off - give quite a few glares
He always has a cheeky smile for me
Making my glare melt, with his innocent charm
However I can try, to be the worst part of myself
He has the capability
To bring out the best
Of the best... in me

Er, that's it.

Uni Nihaal_Khaaloony 2011

PS: .......*stops*... the PS was quite sappy, so I took pity on Bhanju's futuristic 12-year old form, cringing at this poem - and hence, am not writing it :D

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There. I hope you like it Sis the Priss - ever proud mommy of the lil naughty bundle who never seems to get tired of discovering new ways to wreak havoc around the house :)

So hope you have a cool, fun-filled, yellish (at lil Bhanju) day :P. And hope you know how much joy and laughter you bring to our lives!

So long!


Aafia and Raymond -- Justice of the Mighty



Aafia: Kidnapped, tortured, held in secret and then in isolation
>> Raymond: Pampered, full access to lawyers of his choice and his embassy

Aafia: Vienna Convention disregarded
>> Raymond: Vienna Convention invoked

Aafia: US & Pak govts worked tirelessly to ensure she never goes free
>> Raymond: US & Pak govts working tirelessly to ensure he goes free as soon as possible

Aafia: Harmed no one
>> Raymond: Killed 2 human beings and caused 1 additional death 

Aafia: imprisoned for 86 years for "attempting to kill her captors"
>> Raymond: Given immunity and expected to be released in a few days

Aafia: Citizen of Pakistan
>> Raymond; Citizen of USA  

To quote from Mel Brooks: "Its good to be king!"

Source: here


Friday, February 4, 2011

:D:D:D

Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious :D -
I don't have to agree with all the stuff to appreciate the humor though :D



Thursday, February 3, 2011

UFO hovers over Jerusalem shrine



*round eyes*

DID you see that!!!!!!!!!!

I don't think it's a hoax...

And lemme quote a part of a Hadith of the Holy Prophet (SAW) here:

Narrated by Imam Muslim:
Al-Nuwas Ibn Saman said, "One morning the Prophet spoke about the Dajjal. Sometimes he described him as insignificant, and sometimes he described him as so dangerous that we thought he was in the clump of date-palms nearby. When we went to him later on, he noticed that fear in our faces, and asked, 'What is the matter with you?' We said, 'O Messenger of Allah, this morning you spoke of the Dajjal; sometimes you described him as insignificant, and sometimes you described him as being so dangerous that we thought he was in the clump of date-palms nearby. "The Prophet said, 'I fear for you in other matters besides the Dajjal. If he appears whilst I am among you, I will contend with him on your behalf. But if he appears while I am not among you, then each man must contend with him on his own behalf, and Allah will take care of every Muslim on my behalf........... "We asked, 'O Messenger of Allah, how quickly will he walk upon the earth? He said, 'Like a cloud driven by the wind. He will come to the people and call them (to a false religion), and they will believe in him and respond to him.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Sequel to the All-Round Depression

Assalamualaikum

Good thing depression doesn't last long! Last night was wayy more productive than it could have been... Alhamdulillah. I am now doing Surah Ikhlas on the Bayyinah dot com podcasts. It's so beautiful keh bus nahi. I mean, Surah Ikhlas!! One of the the shortest Surahs in the Holy Quran!

And the most eloquent... the most precisely descriptive of the attributes of Allah (SWT), and the most loved by many Sahabah (Companions) of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Did you know, the Sahabah used to give names to the Surahs of the Quran. So Surah Ikhlas was called "Surat un Noor" (Surah of Light).. Mazay kee bat yeh that there is already a Surah Noor in the Holy Quran.. but it is Surah Ikhlas which is called ''Light of the Quran" ...
(other examples are: Surah Rahman : Uroos ul Quran - Surah Yaseen: The Heart of Quran)

So in Surah Ikhlas, remember we have learned the standard translation which goes something like this:

"Kaho keh Allah Aik Hay - Allah Beyniyaaaz hai. Na woh kisi ka baap hay, aur na woh kisi ka beta. Aur koi us ka hamsar nahi"
(Say: He is Allah, the One and Only! Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.)

This translation doesn't even begin to capture the essence of this Surah, Masha Allah. It's so remarkable that I was left gaping last night at the small minuscule details that the wordings of this Surah contain and the miracles associated with the way the words have been used.

I'll just mention one point that left me marveling at the amazing Hikmah and Wisdom of Allah SWT at this Surah: 



Check the first Ayah - the word used for ''One" is usually ''Waahid'' - Waahid means ONE.. so why isn't Waahid used here?? Why Ahad??
This answer lies in the subtle difference between Waahid and Ahad.. 

For example: check this statement: There is no one in the room (one = wahid). In Arabic, if you say this sentence, the implication can be: There are more than one people in the room.. :D
But if you use Ahad in the above example - the implication is strictly that there is absolutely absolutely NOBODY in the room! Not more than one... none! No ONE.

Hence, the miracle of using the word ''Ahad'' is clearly to imply that there is absolutely NO God  in the world - besides Allah SWT. 
SubhanAllah!
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So since this amazing podcast kept me riveted to the PC till late night, I had another late morning :D.. But I don't mind. Since the sentence-making of GRE is nearly complete (1200 words? :(...)... I can finally go on to other sections kee preparation. I figured that nothing justifies wasting $190...and hence, Im going to give it my best shot. Insha Allah. Motivation or no-motivation. 

Acha, speaking of dollars.. last night a rather nice thing happened. My online job had been extended for a week beyond what I had planned. Since I had the GRE coming up, it was supposed to be a week ago. But I put in another week only due to the client requesting. So anyway, I was supposed to send the weekly invoice yesterday. The week's invoice I sent, and last night, was amazed to see some extra amount of money in my balance sheet thing. I contacted the client at once, that hey, you have mistakenly paid me more than what we agreed with. 

His reply was, "Thank you for your honesty. This is just a bonus for you for helping me out when I needed it."


The happiness was achay say counterbalanced today when I happily went to make sabzi  today in the morning :S:S. 

Basically, the idea was to speed things up by using a veggie cutter helper (I dunno what it is technically called). Since I am a moronic onion cutter, and it can actually amount to punishment ...watching me cut onions, the solution my brilliant brain came up with was to use this cutter. Sis the Priss swore that it works wayyy faster and you cook ultra fast and blaaaa!

SO ... the cutter was bought after much argument with Mum who prefers traditional (but reliable) methods of cooking. I used it today, happily holding the onion, ... swiped it again and again, watching in amazement as perfect ringlets of onion fell neatly on the tray below...


Ahhh.... but then, what should have happened.. :'(

I brought down the onion (which had grown smaller) down hard, not noticing that my thumb is holding the onion too closely to the blade....and SWIPE!

Blood oozed at once from my thumb, my eyes widened in surprise and then I hurried to the sink, washing the thumb and happily going back to work! A couple of seconds later, I realized that the cut was er, deep. And there was a lot of blood. Ufffff. Ran to wash it again, and get a sunny plast (bandage thing)...and wrapped it around the stupid thumb. Not a minute went by, when the Sunny plast was red!

Cursing everything under my breath, I ran to put some tea leaves on the thumb... wrapped two more sunny plasts around it...and began work! Realized a lil late that the circular contraption with the cutter was used to hold the onion and THEN cut it (in order not to use the bare hand directly).
Ha! 

Took twice as long as it would to cut the whole veggies without using the throbbing thumb!!!!!!

Not to mention the achi see scolding I got from Mom, on ''not knowing how to use stuff and using it anyway to speed things up, and taking twice as long to do so!'' ....


Btw. A thumb is a great blessing ... to have. Alhamdullillah. Realized it today when I had to do stuff without using it. I mean, we don't usually miss things till they're gone. But remember, don't try cutting onions on a blade, using just your hands. Use your brain too. 

And get this gadget (which Im thinking of convincing my folks to get me): :D