Tuesday, March 21, 2006
A random whine.
I have a life, albiet not as spicy as a celebrity's but its still a life and I should be thankful for it. Alhamdolilah.
posted by Niqabi at 10:07 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2006
The three most precise, most comprehensive and most meaningful words (collectively speaking) in the universe are:
Life goes on.
posted by Niqabi at 11:08 PM
Sunday, March 12, 2006
I'm missing someone but I can't seem to figure out who. Have you ever experienced a meaningless emptiness? Kind of like when someone you love leaves his seat for a while. You know that unreasonable, demanding yet genuine...yearning? I'm not sure if its meaningless or not but thats how it feels like. Its really strange because that feeling is very strong, almost staggering. And I have no idea as to who that person is. I think its my age. It must be, I'm 18 years old. People are having crushes left, right and center. I'm probably going through a more toned-down version of crush, only that I don't know my crush!
I'm hoping its the cliched spiritual emptiness that Great Thinkers go through at least once in their lifetime, which then becomes a major turning point of their lives. The point from where they go on to achieve the Big Things. I hope I'm yearning for a stronger relationship with Allah because that's the only one that lasts. The only one that comes without heartache and expectations. The only one that gives unrelenting satisfaction. I don't know how far honest I am with myself, anymore. Do I prefer to have a relationship with Allah because I'm afraid of having one with people? Is it because I cannot deal with the pressue of being with someone who reciprocates? Because of my inability to strike a balance in life in general and relationships in particular? Frankly, I don't know anymore. Maybe I'm just doing it as a defence mechanism. As a way of steering myself clear from trouble. But that's not natural, is it? That's not even the point. The concept of loving Allah runs almost perpendicular to loving people. Its beyond comparison. They form two, different dimensions, but both can be practised alongside? Is that true?
Well if we forget everything written above, I just have one question, the feeling of wanting to love human beings and be loved by human beings is innate in all human beings?
posted by Niqabi at 12:05 PM
Monday, March 06, 2006
This is kind of long but read it through and if you try bringing the ways in your life, you'd feel relieved. I got this off a forwarded email :)
1. Do Not Interfere In Others' Business Unless Asked
Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of Allah Who has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way.All men or women act the way they do because God within them prompts them that way. There is God to look after everything. Why are you bothered? Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.
2. Forgive And Forget:
This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Believe in the justice of Allah. Let Him judge the act of the one who insulted you. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.
3. Do Not Crave For Recognition:
This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power or useful to them, but no sooner than you are powerless, they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yourself in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely and leave the rest to God.
4. Do Not Be Jealous:
We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody's life is shaped by Nature, which has now become his/her destiny. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.
5. Endure What Cannot Be Cured
This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control. If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully thinking, "God wills it so, so be it." God's plan is beyond our comprehension. Believe in it and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.
6. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. Why take on additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material engagements and spend time in prayers, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless. Neat mind will produce greater peace of mind.
7. Meditate Regularly
Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.
8. Never Leave the Mind Vacant
An empty mind is the devil's workshop. All evil actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social and charitable work, may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of Allah’s name.
9. Do Not Procrastinate and Never Regret
Do not waste time in protractinating wondering "Should I or shouldn't I?" Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Always remember, God has His own plan, too for you. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time.Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Take it as the Will of God. And learn to submit to It. You do not have the power to alter the course of God's Will. Why cry over spilt milk?*
posted by Niqabi at 8:36 AM
Thursday, March 02, 2006
The Racist Cartoons
This man completely nailed the issue with his skillful writing. He has also confirmed my view of Muslims being targeted out in the same way as Jews were during the 1930s Europe. Read on...
By Eric S. Margolis
THE disgraceful racist cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed originally published by a sensation-seeking Danish newspaper have produced an international firestorm of hysteria and racism.
Mobs of enraged Muslims have rioted from Morocco to Indonesia and burned Danish and Norwegian embassies. Editors of other European newspapers that ran the offensive cartoons piously insist they did so to defend the sacred right of free speech.
This writer detests any form of censorship, including so-called ‘hate laws’ that are really modern forms of heresy and blasphemy statutes. But free speech, as the great American jurist Felix Frankfurter said, does not include the right to scream ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theatre.
And that’s just what the European newspapers did. They were trying to boost circulation and pander to anti-immigrant right-wingers by attacking Islam.
Nor is it a coincidence these grave insults occurred in Denmark. Its current rightwing government has been close to President George Bush, sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, and has adopted an unfriendly policy towards Denmark’s small Muslim community and the ummahh. While the Danish government had no direct responsibility for the cartoons, it helped foster a climate of hostility to Muslims.
This whole ugly business is really about anti-Islamism — the modern version of 1930s anti-Semitism. Today, promoting hatred and scorn for Islam and Muslims has become the only socially and legally acceptable modern prejudice in western society.
Just questioning the Jewish holocaust in Germany or Austria results in a jail sentence. Doing the same in Canada gets you thrown in prison or expelled. In the West, it’s totally a taboo to say homosexuality is wrong, or women are less intelligent than men. But it’s OK to slander Islam.
The Danish paper that ran the racist cartoons ‘to defend free speech’ refused in 2003 to run satirical cartoons of Christ, saying ‘it would provoke an outrage.’ So much for claims of defending free speech.
America’s four leading evangelical Protestant leaders, reverends Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, and Marvin Olasky preached a ‘crusade’ against Iraq. Graham branded Islam ‘an evil and wicked religion.’ They called the prophet ‘a terrorist.’ Among American evangelical Christians, 87 per cent supported invading Iraq and hoped to convert Iraq’s Muslims to Christianity.
Italian propagandist Oriana Fallaci churns out best-sellers calling Islam a dirty, backwards creed of violent thugs. In Paris, a Jewish newspaper editor, who should know about promoting hate against minorities, ran the Danish cartoons in his newspaper.
In liberal Holland, it’s cool to despise Muslims. In America, pseudo-historians and professional hate-mongers wage jihad in the US press against all things Islamic.
One Danish cartoon of Prophet Mohammed shows him with a long, hooked nose, thick lips, a sinister, malevolent glare on his ugly, semitic face and a curved dagger in his hand. Change the caption ‘Prophet Mohammed’ to ‘Jew swine’ and you have the exact double of Nazi anti-Semitic hate cartoons of the 1930s.
That’s what this is all about. Modern anti-Semitism, reborn. What Europeans are saying through these cartoons is, ‘we hate Muslims. We want all Muslims out of Europe.’ In the 1930s, Europeans held the same sentiments for Jews.
There can be no doubt all Muslims and Islam have been gravely offended. But having said this, too many Muslims have been reacting hysterically by rioting and burning embassies. The Prophet Mohammed and Islam don’t need rioters and arsonists to defend them.
In an act of pure childishness, Iran’s largest newspaper says it will solicit and run cartoons of the Jewish holocaust, proving there is no sickness as contagious as stupidity. This is no way for adults to behave.
Muslims suffered 150 years of the most brutal European imperialism and exploitation. Millions of Muslims were slaughtered by European and Russian colonialists, though we never hear about this green holocaust. Europe’s 20 million Muslims are third-class citizens. Muslims have every right to anger.
But where were all these angry Muslims when Serbs were massacring 250,000 Bosnians, gang-raping thousands of Bosnian Muslim girls and women, and blowing up mosques? Why have there been almost no protests over Russia’s horrifying genocide in Chechnya? Over, outside Pakistan, protests against India’s brutalities in Kashmir. Or the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Australia’s annexation of East Timor?—Copyright Eric S. Margolis 2006
posted by Niqabi at 9:14 PM
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Interests: World War II, Jews, Hebrew, ancient sites, Muslim rule in Spain, revolutions, Vatican city and Islamic literature.
Books: The black album, Portofino, Ladies coupe, In beautiful disguises, The buddhist of Suburbia, The hidden life of Otto Frank.
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