Thursday, June 28, 2012

Life as I knew it

Assalamualaikum

I sit on a different bed, typing on the familiar keys, in a different room, in a different house, with different folks, than my family and my own house.

It's a whole new world. The only way to take it in,  is to not think about it, and get lost in the immediate present time stamp of life. I have a dressing table in front of me, a door on my East, curtains on my West, and a headboard on my back.

I never had a dressing table.

A huge makeup box sits on the dressing table, black in color. It has a combination lock.

*chortles*

And it contains a mountain of stuff. Stuff I put on nearly every day for the past 1 week and 2 days now.

I wake up - get ready - go to a lunch/dinner - come back - sleep.
Wake up - get ready again ... the cycle continues.

A child cries in the background right now. A child who calls me by my name, and eats his dinner on the bribe that Uni is going to clap when he finishes his dinner. And he eats up. Quickly.

Life as I knew it... is no longer there.

So long!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Stomach Troubles

It's time.

I'm about to set out.

Only to come back to my home as a 'visitor' :(

May Allah Help me ! Ameen.

*gulp*


Tis the Night Before

Before I leave home...

Only to come back on visits...

Small, infrequent visits...

It's too overwhelming a thought.

Life kinda seems overwhelming at the moment. I should sleep. Tomorrow is a big big day (IA). But how can I sleep without recording this moment. This last night.

When I'm sitting here in my space, typing away on the laptop, using my Mobilink Infinity (which so doesn't live up to it's name!). Typing away, wincing occasionally because of my tattooed hands.

What else do you call arms that are filled up to (nearly) the elbows.


Scowl.

Anyway, this henna applying business is a tedious one.You gotta sit, and sit and sit, all the while making small talk and pretending to be oh-so-interested in the mehendi lady, where she has learned the skill from, how long has she worked at Meena Bazaar, and what other silly things people put on their mehendi-ed hands.

Man, the nerve!

The mehendi lady said that there are certain young ladies who get them to write their husband-to-be's names on their hands, hidden in a way that it's not easily apparent.

*rolls her eyes*. Let's play puzzle, shall we.

God.

The consolation factor here is that this is going to be over! IA. Tomorrow!

At least everybody in my house will breath easily.

Hello...

 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What did the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi Wa Sallam) do?

An excellent article outlining Shab-e-Mairaaj,and what should be a practicing Muslim's approach to it. A must read!
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By Asma bint Shameem (ILoveAllaah.com Exclusive Writer)

 

Indeed, one night the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi Wa Sallam) was granted the Night Journey of al-Israa’ wal Mi’raaj, when he was first transported from Masjid al-Haraam to Masjid al-Aqsa and then onwards, he ascended to the Heavens and Allaah spoke to him as He willed, and enjoined the five daily prayers upon him.

This is definitely part of our Aqeedah.  It says so in the Qur'aan...

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ 
Glorified (and Exalted) is He (Allâh) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him]. Who took His slave (Muhammad SAW) for a journey by night from Al-Masjid-al-Harâm (at Makkah) to Al-Masjid-al-Aqsa (in Jerusalem), the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him (Muhammad SAW) of Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.). Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.  [al-Isra’:1]

and there is no denying that fact.

However, the big question to ask is…….

What did the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wassallam) do when the same day arrived the next year? Or the year after that? Or the year after that?

Did he EVER celebrate the night of al-Israa’ wal Mi’raaj, or fast the next day???

And what did he instruct the Sahaabah to do about his Night Journey?

Did he tell them to celebrate that night as a ‘special night’ for worshipping Allaah?

Did he tell them to specifically fast the next day because it was ‘the day after the Journey’?

And what were the actions of the Sahaabah themselves?

Did THEY do any of the above??

The answer to all of the above is a big resounding NO!
Surely the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) did not omit or forget anything in the deen. Surely he did not hide anything from mankind.

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) said, “There is nothing that brings you closer to Jannah except that I have informed you about it and there is nothing that brings you closer to the fire of Hell except that I have warned you against it.”  [at-Tabaraani--Saheeh]

Then why do we not have ANY Saheeh reports of the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) or the Sahaabah worshipping Allaah especially on this night and fasting the next day?

ANSWER:
BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT  THE PRACTICE OF RASUL ALLAAH (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) OR HIS SAHAABAH!

If celebrating this event was something that is prescribed in Islam, the Messenger (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) would certainly have told his ummah about it, either in word or in deed. If any such thing had happened, it would have been well known, and his companions would have transmitted the information to us. They narrated from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) everything that we need to know, and they did not neglect any aspect of the religion, rather they were the first ones to do anything good. If celebrating this night had been prescribed in Islam, they would have been the first people to do so.
And if it wasn’t the practice of our Beloved Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) or his Sahaabah, then, why, O Muslim, do YOU insist on doing it???

Isn’t the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) the best example to be followed?

 لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا
“In the Messenger of Allah you have a fine example for he who hopes for Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah abundantly.” [Surah al-Ahzaab: 21)
 
 
But everyone does so!!
Sure, I know, you have seen your fathers and grandfathers doing so. But, let me remind you, O Muslim, that it is NOT our forefathers that we are supposed to follow. Rather, our worship should be based on proofs from the Quraan and authentic Sunnah, and NOT culture or tradition.

وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمُ اتَّبِعُوا مَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ قَالُواْ بَلْ نَتَّبِعُ مَا أَلْفَيْنَا عَلَيْهِ آبَاءنَا أَوَلَوْ كَانَ آبَاؤُهُمْ لاَ يَعْقِلُونَ شَيْئاً وَلاَ يَهْتَدُونَ
“When it is said to them: 'Follow what Allah has sent down,' they reply: 'We will follow that which we found our fathers upon,' even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided.” [Surah al-Baqarah: 170)

Is good intention enough??
I'm sure, that in celebrating this night, your intention is good. But dear brother/sister, in order for our worship to be accepted, it also has to be prescribed in the Qur’aan and Sunnah. If it is not so, it will be rejected.
The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.” [Bukhaari, Muslim]

Exact date unknown???
Also, do you know that even though the incidence of al-Israa’ wal Mi’raaj is an undeniable fact in history, yet the exact date or even the exact month in which this took place is not certain?
Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz said:
“With regard to this night on which the Isra’ and Mi’raaj took place, there is nothing in the saheeh ahaadeeth to indicate that it is in Rajab or in any other month. Everything that has been narrated concerning a specific date for these events cannot be proven to have come from the Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) according to the scholars of hadeeth….”  [Islam-qa.com]

But, what’s the harm in it???
Now, some of you will say, “What’s the harm in it? I am just worshipping Allah!”
But, the answer to that, O noble reader, is…..

وَمَن يُشَاقِقِ الرَّسُولَ مِن بَعْدِ مَا تَبَيَّنَ لَهُ الْهُدَى وَيَتَّبِعْ غَيْرَ سَبِيلِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ نُوَلِّهِ مَا تَوَلَّى وَنُصْلِهِ جَهَنَّمَ وَسَاءتْ
 مَصِيرًا
"And whosoever opposes the Messenger (Muhammad Sal Allaahu Alaihi Wa sallam) after the right path has been shown clearly to him, and follows other than the believers' way, We shall keep him in the path he has chosen, and burn him in Hell - what an evil destination!" [Surah an-Nisaa:115]

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen says: “Fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer is a bid’ah (innovation), and every bid’ah is a going astray.” (Majmoo’ Fataawa , 20/440)

So, remember, my dear brothers and sisters in Islaam, DO NOT single out the 27th for your worship because it was NOT the practice of the Prophet OR his Sahaabah.

If however, you pray every single night and it is part of your routine to stay up for worship, then there is no harm. Similarly, if you are in the habit of fasting Mondays and Thursdays, or during Ayyaam Beed (the 13th, 14th, and 15th of every Islaamic month), and the 27th of Rajab falls on one of those days, then it is OK to do so.

The problem arises when one thinks that this night is special and singles out this night or day for worship, thinking they are getting extra reward for their worship. But this is contrary to the Sunnah.

And Allaah knows best.

The Saturday that went by

Assalamualaikum

It's hard to imagine that on the next weekend, I will be calling another place 'my house where i live' :S:S. It's beyond imagination. A helpful friend suggested, "Don't think too much". But that's like asking a cat not to meow. It will stop for a while, but eventually, it WILL meow.

So I meant to write about yesterday in this post. The reason why I'm penning the day down is that these kind of days come only once (or maybe twice) in your life. And I'd like to remember it and look back on my fear and apprehensions with a smile on my face. Insha Allah multiplied by a gazillion.

The day started with Chotpo waking me up early because we had to go to the parlor at 10 am. Off we went, and reached there in record time. Saturday morning traffic is relatively light and so the ride was actually pleasant. Mum was with me but had meant to run some errands while we attended to our parlor duties.

I walked in, and was pleased to note that we were one of the first customers. Chotpo and I were taken to separate cubicles, and then the stuff began. Stuff that makes you want to scream (in pain), to wince in discomfort, and not to mention, the unbearable urge to scratch your face :$. It was painful. The whole trip can be described as 'painful'. I wonder how many decibels of pain is that :p.


Khair, that done, we both got haircuts and then after begging R Phuppo to take some money from us (she wouldn't hear a word of it!), we went away.

Anyway, reached home, and then the suitcases had to leave and enter the new home. They're braver than I am. They were packed inside a hi-roof and off they went, with me, waving them goodbye (inwardly of course) and trying not to appear/be depressed. Something is just inexplicably sad about seeing your stuff move out of your home.


When I said to the upstairs wali Aunty: I'm sad my samaan went away.
She said in the most matter-of-fact voice you can imagine: So ? You'll go away as well. Insha Allah.

**gulp**. Was that supposed to make me feel better?

Right. The troubles hadn't ended. Me and a friend had to go to Meena Bazar and get a lady to apply mehendi (henna) on the families'  hands on Monday. So we went. If you have been to Meena Bazar, you wouldn't at all feel surprised at the barrage of calls, yells, shrieks and insults that greet you the minute you step upstairs to the ladies' section. Thankfully, my friend was a pro at these things. She went to the corner and started bargaining her way through the discussion. I sat quietly, trying not to grimace at certain points of the discussion.

I could see dishonesty and distaste everywhere. There were devious looks, malevolent stares, jealous faces, and spite - all mixed into the salad bowl called Meena Bazaar. Their mehendi is awesome, no doubt. I so wish their personalities and attitudes were too.

We then went to another market called Paposh. There were a plethora of things to do. I didn't know my way anywhere in the market. My friend was the expert. A very fast expert. She speedily moved through the pushing throng of people and I followed her, trying not to huff and puff.. :). We did the work and came back by 6.30.

I was ready to drop dead.

But no, the day wasn't over. The 'Dress' had major troubles written all over it. It's the last minute. Who would help? We didn't have answers. The lady who could help was having an event at her place the next day (that is, today), and this meant that she was completely unavailable. Before Mum could finish praying for some help after Maghrib salah (grin), our upstairs aunty called up, asking whether 'there is any work to be done that she can help out with' .. the kind soul!

We explained the dress problems and she  came hurrying down, inspected the dress and immediately thought of solutions. She has this lady tailor who lives two streets away and we went to that tailor aunty at once.

She inspected the dress, tsked tsked over it, and then said, 'You have to bear it, beta. It's just a matter of a few hours. I will increase this length here by 1.5 to 2 inches. I cannot possibly increase it to 4 inches (which was the actual trouble).



How is one expected to walk in this stuff?

Why is it deemed necessary? Can't one do without it?

*beyond annoyed*

Anyway, as the good lady said, it's just a matter of a few hours. Imagine the amount of money and effort spent on it... it's just plain, sad and illogical.

So long folks.. *gloomily*

Friday, June 15, 2012

8 ways of finding the right person to marry

The article is extremely accurate (at least for practicing Muslims, looking for practicing spouses). Made me laugh lots.

Enjoy :D.

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Marriage is never an easy thing. We think of it as this amazing romantic bliss that we will somehow attain one day.

 

Sisters dream of marrying that amazing brother who has the character of the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam), the Eemaan of Aboo Bakr, the courage of Hamzah, the wealth of 'AbdiRahmaan bin 'Awf but the fact still remains, everyone wants to marry that one truly amazing person and it is not much different for guys.

We wish to bump into a Hoor al-'Een that has lost her way from Jannah. I mean why wouldn't that ever happen? It won't happen, because you are daydreaming bro that's why.
Now wake up and listen to this short lesson in some important "Do's and Dont's" along with other useful information inshaaAllaah.

#8 AVOID FACEBOOK SPOUSES

And any other social network for that matter

 

Since we spend most of our time online these days, it is very easy to try to fulfil all our needs online, even the need of finding a soul mate. Now don't get me wrong, there are marriages who actually do work out, and I am not by any means hating on brothers and sisters who made it work (whatever floats your boats akhis and ukthis, just keep it halaal), but let's face it, the Internet is a very weird place.
Everyone always tries to seem holier than they really are, even a Kaafir could pretend to be Muslim scholar for all you know.  In the good old days people married other people who they actually knew, and life was much more smooth, in very broad terms.
But today you marry someone who comes across as religious online only to find out on your wedding night he isn't really that strict on Salah, oh and did I mention he has tons of friends who just happen to be girls? And not to mention he smokes (sorry forgot to tell you that too, my bad) the point is, be very careful concerning ANY online proposals.
If the person is serious and a good guy, drop them your wali's number and don't communicate with them anymore, then you'll know if the person is really a gentleman or not.

#7 BEFRIEND GOOD PEOPLE

Looks more and more promising

This will open up the door for networking later on, because one of the main problems today is that a lot of people ask, 'OK but how do I meet good potential spouses?' and they often say 'I don't know anyone!' but in reality everyone knows SOMEBODY.
Be it that friend who you only seem to meet at the masjid for big events, or your cousin who you don't spend much time with, there is always someone you can befriend. But keep in mind that these individuals should be good practising people themselves because then they can help introduce you to other practising people who in turn might have brothers and sisters who are looking for marriage.
Trust me, it works. Try it for yourselves and see, but just don't become that one sister (or brother) who ALWAYS talks about marriage and the opposite gender, because chances are you might get labelled as "thirsty" if not worse.
And if that fails, there is always facebook.

#6 BE AT GOOD PLACES

Do not confuse booty call material for wifey material

In the same way that you won't find your amazing virgin niqabi wife at the club, dancing late into the night. You, yourself need to be looking in the right places, and this sort of brings us back to the previous point.
Attend lectures, study circles or maybe even volunteer to help at the masjid etc, all these activities will open up the door for you to meet the right people and once you get to know them you can raise the issue of marriage discreetly.
Remember most people who marry will tell you they got to know their spouse either through family and friends, or they might have actually met whilst doing the same activities, so try to be more active and don't just sit at home feeling sorry for yourself. Oh and also stop going to the club.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not endorse any talking between the genders without the supervision of a Wali. Be a man and step up your game if you truly love her. Otherwise go to facebook.

#5 BE REALISTIC

Sometimes your knight in shining armour is just a miskeen dude in tin foil

Chances are, you're not going to bump into Shaikh Sudais's son, let alone the Shaikh himself, and even if you did, I highly doubt any of them would ask you for marriage (more like 'SECURITY!') So try to keep your hopes realistic, yes we all want to marry a Haafidh, we all want a sister who knows all about pleasing a husband but never had a boyfriend before. We all want a brother who is super pious with super long beard (the longer the beard the bigger the Taqwa right?) who also owns a house and has a car, plus he should be really knowledgeable too, like bin baaz knowledgeable, preferably not blind though, oh and a six pack wouldn't harm either.
But we often forget, that when you marry someone, they still have their whole life ahead of them. Most of the wives of the major scholars married these amazing men whilst they still were 'nobodies' and similarly you teach your wife (with gentleness) how to be romantic and it is all a journey. If you think that you will marry that one complete person who has everything, you will never marry and that's the harsh truth.
You will end up on facebook surfing from one profile to the other.

#4 INVOLVE YOUR PARENTS

I mean at least this brother has his own house, so that's always a plus right?

Most people don't like doing this, for whatever reason. Most girls are just simply too shy to bring marriages up to their parents, in case the parents look at them as "horny" or a victim of teenage hormones. Others are afraid that if they involve the parents they will feel pressured into marrying someone they don't want to marry, only to please their parents.
You remember that one time your friend mentioned to HER parents that she wanted to get married? And for her parents to help her look for a decent brother? And how they totally misunderstood her and now you heard that your friend moved back to Bangladesh and has 7 kids at the age of 21? Yeah that's totally not going to happen to you.
Now what I am suggesting is a middle path. Bring the topic up to your parents, or if you're too shy, speak to your brother or someone else who can raise the issue with your parents. And then ask your parents to look around for you, remember they can only suggest but the final decision still lies with you. And most of us really don't make use of this option, which is very sad.
Our parents are the only human beings alive on the face of this earth who would do anything and everything for us, so why not consult them?

#3 ARE YOU REALLY READY FOR MARRIAGE?

Believe it or not brothers, marriage is more than just mating and lying in bed. Shocking I know!

 

I don't mean to scare you away by raising this question, as Muslims we should always aim to get married since it is the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet.

But sometimes, some people rush into marriage. They think just because they are physically ready (have urges etc) that they should get married, forgetting that even the Prophet actually mentioned that those who have the MEANS to get married should do so. Now having the means is not just having a mature body, or even loads of cash. Rather it also about being mentally stable and able to cope with the hardships of marriage.

Don't worry though, in marriage all you need is love to make things work (like they always say right?) so no need to over think things, love conquers all! Except that's a total lie, marriage needs so much more, and even though love is a key element in marriage it is not always what keeps a marriage going.
Remember marriage is not all sunshine and fun, sometimes you will argue sometimes you wont love each other as much, what will happen then? Will you ask for a divorce just because the marriage isn't fun anymore?

What if there are children involved, then what? The point is, prepare yourself for marriage mentally. Read up on the rights of the Husband and the rights of the Wife, don't just marry because you're 20 and feel you have to. This husband will be either your Jannah or Hell, do you really know what that means?
Similarly this wife and future children will be your responsibility as a husband, Allaah will ask you about them and everything they do, so be prepared.

#2 WOULD YOU MARRY YOURSELF?

Because that is how I roll

'Ofcourse I would, I am pure awesomeness, I am the very defin...' if that is your answer then I can tell you right now that you don't really have the right mentality for marriage. We often get blinded by the search for the ultimate partner that we neglect to look at ourselves.

We cry and say why won't anyone marry me? But do nothing to change ourselves. How do you treat people when you get upset? What do you do if you hold a grudge? Do not turn a blind eye to all these important issues, rather tackle them one by one. No one is perfect but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be trying.
If you truly and sincerely work on your own flaws, and really do become more caring and loving then you will notice how people will look at you differently. People will start to think of you as 'wifey' material because you are good with kids, because you care for others, because you forgive people and don't hold grudges don't gossip etc the list is long but if you take one step at a time you will be married before you know it.
Well you would know of it, 'cause I mean you couldn't get married without knowing about it, right? So technically you would know about it, but yeah whatever.

#1 DU'AA

Dua is the weapon of the believer, why not use it?

 

Because like anything in life, Allaah is the true reason behind things. Even though some people often roll their eyes and think 'Yeah right the old, make dua brother/sister' but if you truly have faith in Allaah and know that He answers the prayers of those in need, you will never get tired of making du'aa to Him.
Take the story of Muusa alyhi salaam as an example, in Soorah Qasas we are told about how he left Fir'awn and was literally fleeing for his life, his one concern was saving his own skin. But what happened? He made du'aa to Allaah, and Allaah not only saved him but blessed him with a wonderful wife. So in short, if you make du'aa and don't give up Allaah will help you, and that is a promise!

Source: iLoveAllaah.com

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Of Preparations and more Preparations

And more preparations.

I have never 'prepared' so much in my life. Not even for the GRE. Not even for any interview. Sigh.

Everything from every room has to be carefully inspected, picked up and examined, and a decision has to be made whether that thing has to be packed up or left behind. I eventually stopped doing this, because it was so depressing. Now Sis the Priss is coming over and has promised to help out in this whole messy business of packing up entire lives and moving away.

Everybody seems to be in great tension. An electric current seems to be buzzing in our house. Chotpo is so charged up, you can't imagine. And nobody's letting me work around like I'm used to. I used to climb up on the do-chatti (attic?) and put samaan there. Now, it's the maasi (domestic servant).

I feel totally useless, and pretty special. Alhamdulillah.

Day before yesterday, we had a small event at our place ... :). It was like a mini-dholki, in which only the neighbors and some others were invited. I don't like dholkis. But this one was okay because it was short :p. And sweet.

And no rasms. Except some flowers bracelets and necklace (haar).

Alhamdulillah for everything. Please say Ameen to:

O Allah, please let everything go smoothly for the families next week and may they not cry buckets, and may nobody faint.
Ameen!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Dreaming?


I haven't felt this alone since probably last year round about the same time. It's funny. You're surrounded by a bunch of people, yet, you're truly alone. 

All of us are really truly alone. 

One of my bestest friends said a beautiful thing two days back. She and I talked for around 2 hours on the phone. Lol :) She's my closest buddy these days. And she's more than 8k miles away. Who would have thought! Anyway, she said, "The relationship with Allah (SWT) should be so strong that it should supersede all other relationships. That's when it stops "hurting so much"." 

How utterly...

 
There is one more secret recipe for a happy life: Don't dream too much.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Why?

There are times when I wonder: Why were weekends created? The normal answer would be --> To relax after a week's worth of hard work and job etc.

My answer would be (at least today): To make life M I S E R A B L E.
That's why Sundays (at least) are created.

Most probably since the departure is now almost two weeks away, people are getting all tension-ated, and hot-tempered in my locality. You cannot blame anything else. Even loadshedding takes a break on Sundays. A blessing indeed. But sadly forgotten in the misery.

I thoroughly wish two weeks would pass by, and everybody breathes easy.*scowls very deeply*
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Today was the June 3rd Livedeen event with Shaikh Omar Suleiman as the speaker. I was so so so so excited in the morning. I had two reasons to be excited.
1. My whole family was going with me and I love the early morning drive with them.
2. My AFT-ness was coming to an end.

Life was so amazing. In the morning I mean :(.

And then? Everything came crashing down starting right from when we reached Marriott. So what happened was that I had nobly brought tickets for all the friends and family members I had contacted. And now? Almost all of them ditched it. Nobody turned up, except my own family, and two other people. So basically, I had 7 empty tickets in my hand, calling my cousin again and again, to no avail. Till this hour, my messages are not responded to. I have no idea why he and his friends backed out.

Life is awesome.


Then the event began. The topic was on Muslim Identity - Who are we? And what's our real face? We wear so many masks depending on our location and our company. What's our real natural mask? So these are important (in fact crucial) questions that need to be addressed in the Muslim community. The speaker was really knowledgeable and considering that his time (in the USA) was from 12 midnight to 4 am... it was a huge favor on his part to be sitting in that chair, and speaking to us all.

There were sound issues. Many people weren't able to understand the Shaikh. I could make out his words, but the thing is that concentrating so much on the words, makes us not concentrate on connecting the paragraphs, and so, many of us wondered what the speech content had to do with the topic. Anyway, I learned a lot. And I guess that's what matters.

I was (and this is becoming a routine now) pretty disappointed again that my question went ignored. And this time, there wasn't any excuse of multiple questions. The questions were being moderated (Thank the Lord) and my question was clearly "politically incorrect" - pun so intended. Sigh.

I'm amazed that we're told to focus so much on our identity of the self - and nobody wants to touch upon our collective identity as a Muslim Ummah. Guess they don't wanna get in trouble yeah.

Anyway. It was an average experience. I still am pretty disappointed so many tickets went empty -  I was even willing to give 'em away for free. But nobody was interested even then.

And the 'evening and night' was just the 'icing' on the cake. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

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P.S. AFT stands for Anxious Flight Tracker

Never Make Fun of Allah's Forgiveness - Nouman Ali Khan