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Eid Mubarak!

It was time of the year again, when kids swarm every cow,  goat and camel in the street, and no matter how hard you try, you ultimately fall to one of the ‘cow dung’ traps strategically placed enroute to the masjid 😀

But, today is Eid and over the next few days the animals will disappear from the streets, leaving naught but a few evidences of their brief stay with us. May Allah accept the sacrifice of every Muslim this Eid, and make it one in which we learn the true spirit of sacrifice for Islam and for our fellow brothers and sisters in Islam.

May this and every Eid to follow bring happiness and joy to everyone! I leave you with this video from Mr Moo, ‘Hitler wants  a united Eid’ 😛

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A Word of Advice.

I’m kind of busy these days with a lot of things, so time to update the blog is hard to come by. So, apologies to anyone who visits and doesn’t find anything new that’s worthwhile here!

Anyway, so as I’m stuffed up with things to do right now, I thought it would be best to offer some advice to deal with such situations- when you’re so busy you hardly have time to breathe. The best advice that I can give anyone is to keep it real, especially when you’re busy. Really, it often appears to us that we don’t have time for anything, even though a lot can be managed through a little prioritization and time management. Prioritize your life- know what’s important and needs to continue alongside and what can be put off till later, when you have a bit more time. It might seem like a very simple task, but when you’re caught up in the flow, you often don’t realize when you start spending time on things that are trivial comparatively.

One solution that I use to avoid this problem is to take out time to think in solitude, and review what I’m doing, once in a while. Obviously, there are times when I go wrong, but this way I think I can catch the problem early.

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I’d like to share this article, which discusses the de-merits of the education system in Pakistan, and why it’s so important to bring about a change in the minds of the young. Creativity, Innovation, Imagination- forgotten words in the vocabulary of Pakistani students, who learn to see the world only as they are taught, without questioning it, or giving thought to it at least! The author does a brilliant job of shedding light on this issue by an interesting narration, which provides food for thought for all.

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Oblivion is defined as “the state of being unaware or unconscious”

Oblivion is a desire of the weak. For those who can’t stand the test of time, or are too afraid to face the reality.

The desire for oblivion is seen in many forms around us- some are rather obvious, like when the poor fellow who has nothing to look forward to takes intoxicants to keep aloof of  his worldly woes or when a person who’s ‘fed up with life’ commits suicide. However, not all forms of the desire for oblivion are so easily noticed by the naked eye. It’s often seen that a person who is worried over some matter tends to sleep more, or undertake some other activity to keep his mind off the problems he’s facing- this too is a subtle form of the same ‘disease’. Others are even more subtle- like when a person plugs in his earphones and tries to block out the sound of discontent, and the cries around him, calling him to wake up and do something purposeful.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that we spend most of our lives, intentionally or otherwise, trying to hide, looking for a place of refuge, when no such place exists. The reality must be accepted. The Reality must be faced. And only the courageous can do that.

We always try to keep our minds off what we don’t have, to avoid the topic, and never try to make an effort to accept that we haven’t worked hard enough to achieve it. It’s very easy to get into this mentality, but, in my opinion, nearly impossible to get out of it- Because it requires a lot of mental strength. Strength to keep yourself real. Strength to keep yourself relative. And not only once or twice a day, but 24/7.

The desire for oblivion must be cured, and the first step to its cure is to accept the problem. And then try to stay conscious. About our steps, actions, words, and their consequences- in short, everything.

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Long lost poetry :P

I wrote some poems a long time ago, but for some reason they just stayed in my personal folder on my pc and never found their way out of it 😛

So, here they are.. admittedly, the work of an amateur 😀

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Fairness

I was just wondering the other day- what exactly does the concept of fairness imply? Can we ever expect fairness from this world?

The answer that popped up in my mind immediately was in the negative. In this world, a single criteria is set for success- regardless of what a person has to go through, what his origins are, where he lives, etc etc- whatever attributes may have a defining factor in his success or failure. This implies that the test of this life in definitely not fair. A person born rich, may end up losing all his possessions in a matter of minutes- due to no fault of his own- and would be considered a failure. This is applicable not only in this scenario, but many other scenarios too. The eye of man is one sided- it can not look beyond the horizon, and judge fairly. We often make comments based on our limited perception, which are incorrect to the point of absurdness. (more…)

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The Greedy Altruist

In my opinion, altruism can never exist in man, and the most altruistic of men are in fact, the most greedy. For those who don’t know, altruism, according to the oxford dictionary, refers to :

“The belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others”

Hence, by looking at the definition of altruism, the first question that arises in my mind is that why would anyone be so concerned for the welfare of another that he would be willing to spend his time and wealth for his benefit, while getting nothing out of it himself? I for one, would never do that. I am not saying that I wouldn’t ever work for the needy- or help the poor- but I wouldn’t do it just because I’m selfless. In fact, I would do that because I’m very selfish. Yes- that’s right- greed is what drives me to do such acts that are assumed ‘selfless’. It isn’t merely due to selfless concern of others that man undertakes charitable deeds- rather it because he attains the most sought-after treasure that a man can have in this life, the treasure of satisfaction, and contentment. And that is indeed what he’s working for when he works for the well-being of his fellow men. To sum up my thought, I would like to quote Christina Stead, whose thought i concur with-

“Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.”

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