Thursday, August 27, 2009

Help required in NWFP

August 23, 2009 1st Ramdhan 1430 A.H Momineens of Tank (N.W.F.P) are facing situation like Karabala, Taliban terrorists have disconnected their water supply. Whenever some one goes to get water he is martyred. The Voice of Karbala is still there to awake us "Hal min Nasir Yansurna" . There is immediate need to install tube well for water. It is the matter of life and death. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,600,000 (PKR) In this regard you are requested to contact us on 0345-2185559 or (original contact info changed due to confidentiality - please contact me and I will forward you the info)

Awful Voice from Tank (The Contemporary Karbala)
We present this situation on behalf of the Ulema, Matami Anjumans, and Trustees of Shiite Muslims of District Tank, NWFP, Pakistan In our beloved country some terrorists are following their un-holy ambitions. They are making targets all innocent peoples inside all parts of country without any difference of cast, creed and sect. Target killings, car bomb blasts, suicide attacks are being committed daily basis. These incidents have never been observed in the history of Pakistan. In Tank district the sectarian terrorists have opened a continuous front against Shiite Muslims on with the support of foreign agencies. Due to this, Shiite is facing instability and very danger situation in surviving.

Appeal From Momineen of Tank
We the Shia Muslims from district Tank are facing following problem; your cooperation is required in this regard. Migration is started because of bad situation of Peace. Momineens lives, properties and families are in severe risk. Properties are being occupied forcefully. Momineens are repelled in certain neighbor. Many Shia Muslims have left Tank city. Imambargahs have been attacked. Momineens are harassed on gunpoint and are compelled to be converted on so-called Muslim..that's a great tragedy. Unemployment is increased too much. Shia Muslims are not even getting labor work. Business is finished, due to the situation; brutal financial trouble is being faced there. Shiite's property's value has become very low. If someone becomes able to sell it then he is hijacked by terrorists, thus all the money is looted in ransom. Education is disturbed too much; parents are not able to send their kids in school because of the fear of hijacking Series of hijacking started for ransome, Ccmmunication and all kind of movements are totally seized because of hijacking, target killings suicide and remote control attacks. Situation of criminal cases are not satisfactory. Law and order situation are very poor, momineens don't have any protection. Because of such situation like-war people are not able to get medical aid or any treatment facility We are not able to observe any ceremony or ritual, Majalis, Mourning Procession, Funeral Prayer and marriage ceremonies are totally unsecured. To make theses secure extra expenses and a big security team is used. We are getting threatening letters and are compelled to migrate, our properties are being planned to occupy. Momineen are getting economic as well as mental worries day by day.

You are requested
You are Appealed to follow our request as momineen of Tank can get rid of worries. Kindly Protest through banners, play cards and hand bills, distribute these in nimaz-e-Juma, raise your voice in support of mazloom momineen of Tank and arrange protest in their support. Arrange briefings and seminar on situation of Tank as momineen could be aware of the conditions and problems of their oppressed brothers. Meet with higher authorities in form of delegation on behalf of your platforms, aware them the actual situation and insist them to take action against terrorism. Momineen of Tank passing below poverty line several people, they need help in medical, finance education, sponsorship, and employment. Many injured and disabled are waiting for your help. Water supply in different areas of district Tank is disconnected so there is immediate need for arrangement of drinking water and pond. Whenever some one goes to get water he got martyred. Momineen are requested to visit Tank city and vicinity Shia areas like Grah Baloch, Grah Ranwal and Grah Runwal. For contribution in water supply project please contact to 0345-2185559 or (original contact info changed due to confidentiality - please contact me and I will forward you the info)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Moon of the Month of Ramadan

Imam Zaynul Abidin (as), once, gazed at the new moon of the month of Ramadan while he was walking. He therefore stopped and said the following:

O obedient creature,

speedy and untiring,

frequenter of the mansions of determination,

moving about in the sphere of governance!

I have faith in Him Who lights up darknesses through you,

illuminates jet-black shadows by you,

appointed you one of the signs of His kingdom

And one of the marks of His authority,

So, He identified time through You,

And humbled you through increase and decrease,

And rising and setting,

And illumination and eclipse.

In all of this you are obedient to Him,

And prompt toward His will.

Glory be to Him! How wonderful is what He has arranged in Your situation!

How subtle what He has made for Your task!

He has made You the key to a new month for a new situation.

So I ask Allah, my Lord and Your Lord,

my Creator and Your Creator,

my Determiner and Your Determiner,

my Form-giver and Your Form-giver,

that He bless Mu¦ammad and his Household

and appoint You a crescent of blessings not effaced by days

and of purity not defiled by sins;

a crescent of security from blights

and of safety from evil deeds;

a crescent of auspiciousness containing no misfortune,

of prosperity accompanied by no adversity,

of ease not mixed with difficulty,

of good unstained by evil;

a crescent of security and faith,

favor and good-doing,

safety and submission!

O Allah, bless Mu¦ammad and his Household,

place us among the most satisfied of those over whom the crescent has risen,

the purest of those who have looked upon it,

the most fortunate of those who have worshiped You under it;

give us the success during [the new month] to repent,

preserve us within it from misdeeds and exposition to punishment,

allot to us within it thanksgiving for Your favor,

clothe us during it in the shields of well-being,

and complete for us Your kindness by perfecting therein obedience to You!

Surely You are All-kind, Praiseworthy.

And bless Mu¦ammad and his Household, the good, the pure.

And grant us aid from You to carry out that which You have ordered us to do in it;

Such as the obedience to You which You have made incumbent upon us,

and accept them from us, for You are the most Generous of all those who show generosity

and the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

Respond! Respond! O the Lord of the Worlds.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Omore Advert.

I just liked the poem in the advert of Omore so much - that I feel like blogging it! Here goes! :)

Pigeon kabootar udan fly
look dekho aasman sky
wanna fly
wanna fly
wanna fly...!!!

Ho khushi mayn saath
Aur gham mayn paas
har koee mausam
bin koee reason
Omore! Omore! Omore! Omore!

Iradon mayn ho mingle,
dher saray ho ya single,

Saray Taray Lay Kay Aa Reh
Ya Phir Chanda Lay Nikal!
Omore! Omore! Omore! Omore!

Ho khushi mayn saath
Aur gham mayn paas
har koee mausam
bin koee reason
Omore! Omore! Omore! Omore!

You can watch the ad on youtube - follow the link:


Momin Hussain Dawoodi (also known as Taju Chachcha) and his wife passed away within a couple of months' time. Ammi and Abbu went to condole their children on their huge loss - I drove them to Jaffar-e-Tayyar Society - Malir.

Upon reaching their place, their children (Rubina baji and his brother known as Pappa bhai - I don't know his name) came to Ammi and wept a lot at their loss. We are not relatives to the Dawoodi family, but are very close friends for many many years! And just witnessing these warm gestures by both my Ammi and their kids shook my inner self for a moment - they were so simple people - with so warm and deep feelings for each other! The next thing that came to my mind was a theory from Stephen Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" about 'love' - that it is not a noun - instead, it is a verb. So I vaguely realized that socializing and meeting relatives and neighbors (especially the old ones) is a very necessary thing - it keeps the bond alive and warm! (it is also helpful for the good health of old aged people - refer to the following link for reason:

The whole trip to our old neighborhood was very refreshing - just as if meeting your own roots!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

LDP Aug 2009 - Communication - just doesn't mean to talk

Ahmed Baig conducted a good session on Communication Skills as part of the Leadership Development Programme for the trg tech team. The session was of about 9 hours' length but was not boring at all! Though the content was not more than a few quotes, a little bit of a theoretical help from Baig, and many hours of presentations and then 3 Role Playing activities.

From a research from Carnegie and Stanford students, Baig shared a fact that 15% of the jobs are found through Technical skills of the vacancy, and 85% through the communication skills. (That's something I knew about already.) Also, mis-understandings in strong relationship (especially in Pakistan) is usually due to the assumptive-reactive nature (of usually men as said by Baig - I think I agree). I would try to get hold of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus in a few months - to read.

Body language is something Baig insisted upon a lot! Fidgeting of hands, moving hands over face or other body parts randonly, pointing fingers, or standing while having arms cross folded and such things are something he disapproved of in an extreme tone! (It is deadly!) Things that he was teaching were pretty simple in theroy - but believe me, even practising it alone in front of mirror is so tough - that you would be amazed by such a weak level of self-control in yourself!
Also, our brains think at 600 - 800 words-per-minute (wpm) whereas an average human can speak about 150 - 180 wpm. Now, we need to efficiently summarize those 600 - 800 words into 150 - 180 words with the right selection of words so that we communicate exactly what we want to!

Enough of the theories - The first candidate to present himself at the podium was myself - and being suddenly called upon I got a little bit nervous (believe me, even if you are up to speak in front of 2 people - it will happen to you - and there were about 30!). Things that I had in my mind came in the form of words that were not really mine - which means my words were not 100% controlled (something that I have been trying to practise: mental energy control - will blog about it some later time inshaAllah). Later on, I was follwed by the rest of the whole team. Some were good, some were not. The best part about the feedback provided by the team and Baig was that Baig worked upon to create such a strong positive environment that no one probably was taking anything defensively - everyone seemed to learn where he made the mistake! This was something that is rarely seen in such sessions.

There was humour as well (yes - I had lots and lots of tears in my eyes and a bad tummy-ache after the sentence by Ahmed Zia, "Is there any chance of opportunity?" Hahahaha!! That was way too funny!! No details to be posted here though!)

It was a wonderful day overall. Listening to people really made me realize more about things that I lack. I anticipate such sessions in the future more often.

I left at about 7:30 pm, dropped Murad Ali @ University Road near NED, and then drove near home at Safoora Goth to have a good dinner with Fawwad at Sindh Green Hotel (I have previously blogged about another I had with my uncle here last month). It was a day full of great learnings!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Shauq da koee mol naee" - a horse-rider's sentence...

The sentence from a horse rider I met at a beach in Karachi about his horse, while questioned if he would like to sell it; "Shauq da koee mol naee", was something that reverberated in my mind while reading the post on the following link:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tread softly...

(found this while reading some emails)

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
...But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly... because you tread on my dreams.
- William Butler Yeats

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Page 138 - Excerpt - Thought process

Many families are managed on the bases of crises, moods, quick fixes, and instant gratification - not on sound principles. Symptoms surface whenever stress and pressure mount: people become cynical, critical, or silent or they start yelling and overreacting. Children who observe these kinds of behavior grow up thinking the only way to solve problems is flight or fight.

(From Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Joke of the day - by Ahad and Qumber

We were coming back home, and due to the bad situation of the university road I drove through inside the university of Karachi. It was late night (12:15 am) so it was all silent (and maybe a bit spooky for the kids). Ahad and Qumber (my nephews - 5 and 8 of age respectively) were on the car as well - going to stay over at our place. It was funny to hear the following conversation then:

Ahad to Qumber: Yaar yahan ghost tou nahi hotay hongay na?
Qumber: Nahi yaar... itni sakht security hai - itnay saray security guards hain, koee ghost whost nahi hotay hongay.
Ahad: Hain ... achchha...
Qumber (realizing his silly answer a bit and trying to make up for it) : Aray nahi, ghost tou ghaeb bhi ho saktay hain, unhayn security guards se kya masla hoga (meaning that they can disappear to hide themselves if there will be a security guard...)