Saturday, November 26, 2011

If I were a this, I'd be that!

Stumbled upon this really nice something by someone awesome, I need to pass it on.

You need to pass it on as well!

If I were a month, I’d be Moharram!
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Saturday!
If I were a time of day, I’d be the evening!
If I were a planet, I’d be earth!
If I were an animal, I’d be a Koala!
If I were a direction, I’d be East!
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be cozy rocking chair!
If I were a liquid, I’d be fresh spring water!
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a crimson stone! (don't know if they exist)
If I were a tree, I’d be a Flame of the Forest.
If I were a tool, I’d be a weaving needle!
If I were a flower, I’d be a rose laying in one of the Holy Shrines (or Kaaba *how lovely* or Madinah).
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be spring.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a reed flute *Hearken to the reed flute, how it complains* - Rumi.
If I were a colour, I’d be crimson red.
If I were an emotion, I’d be sensitive.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a peach.
If I were a sound, I’d be soothing sound of wind.
If I were an element, I’d be oxygen.
If I were a car, I’d be Toyota Corolla '86.
If I were a food, I’d be Daal roti/Nehari!
If I were a place, I’d be Karachi! *definitely*
If I were a taste, I’d be fresh cooked daal with green chilli! (don't know how to define the taste)
If I were a scent, I’d be something like sandalwood.
If I were an item of clothing, I’d be a big T shirt with a breast pocket!
If I were a body part, I’d be a heart. Nothing else.
If I were a facial expression I’d be YAY!
If I were a song, I’d be a Manqabat, "Bandagi ki laaj jo rakh le woh banda aur hai...".
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be casual walking shoes, the easy ones.

Also, see the one I read at

Thursday, November 24, 2011

On People, bloggers, tweeple, et al

People write. Some rant, some analyse contemporary issues, some just write for the sake of "logging" their day, some seriously write, some write poetry, and mostly people rant. It is like giving an egg. They push their minds to write, just as a chicken would do to lay an egg.

The world is seeing more write-ups than ever. Right now, I have just closed around 10 pages that I was skimming. Blogs. And honestly, it confuses me. There are quite a lot of amazing writers around. Much younger than me, much stronger in imaginations, and such diverse imaginations that leave me thinking in the wild without any clue of where I am from and where I am heading to. Yes, I got it right while typing, going through this plethora of mass-writings, I lose the track of what all this is about (of course after being overwhelmed).

In another news, in fact in all other "news" website, I tend to find lies, but that's not I focus about right now. The people who write, seems to me sometimes that are doing it for fame. It just doesn't "seem", it is a fact. They are doing it for fame and money *Elite showoff*. But I guess they fail then, even in the avenue they want to succeed in.

There is one more area of write-ups. The focused articles. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of any topic. They are good. They do not let me get lost in the wild, in fact the quite take me back home.

Real and fake, are two very helpful adjectives to judge. I think the more real the write-up is, and of course focused, the less bewilderment it creates. According to ME right now, "real" means something that has a meaning, that are not mere rants or words of no value. "Fake" means, again, according to ME right now, is something which has no value, which is just a rant, a random musing.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Moharram 1433

When the ripples of the bounties [of Allah] come your way then do not repel these waves with a lack of gratitude.
- Imam Ali a.s.

A plethora of teardrops ashore the eyes
Perhaps the season of Hussain's mourning is around...
آنکھوں کے ساحلوں پے ہے اشکوں کا ایک ہجوم
شاید غم حسین کا موسم قریب ہے

Can you see/make a connection of the quote with the stanza?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Value and Vitality in a Literary Tradition: Female Poets and the Urdu Marsiya

Value and Vitality in a Literary Tradition:Female Poets and the Urdu Marsiyaby Amy BardColumbia University

I came across this paper by apparently a non-Muslim student, but this is not the point of sharing. The reason it struck me was the similarity of the situation the author has pointed about the poets. The paragraph in the 3rd quarter of the paper says:

Even these short sketches reveal a basic pattern of qualities that Majlis-goers and other observers attribute to female Marsiya poets, to their poems, and finally, to female audiences. Traits of piety, endurance of hardship, and humility figure prominently in descriptions of female Marsiya poets. These qualities, also exemplified, of course, by the very heroes and heroines of the Marsiya, are not entirely absent in oral and written anecdotes about famous male Marsiya-writers, but they are hardly stressed as much.

The translations of Marsiya in the poems and the way they are placed are heart wrenching.

Aankhon ke sahilon pe hai ashkon ka ek hujoom | آنکھوں کے ساحلوں پی ہے اشکوں کا اک ہجوم
Shayad Gham-e-Hussain a.s. ka mausam qareeb hai. | شاید غم حسین کا موسم قریب ہے

Read the paper here:

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

On Children

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

- Khalil Gibran



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rejecting an Empty Philosophy

Life today (not life as it should be carried on) is an idle cyclical action a movement with no goal! A meaningless pendular action starts with the day only to end at night and night starts only to disappear at dawn. In the mean time, man is busy watching the play of these black and white "rats" who chew the strings of our life until we die.
Life (as we live it) is like a theater. Man watches these aimless nights and days. Indeed, what foolish play is conducted! When you are in need, you hope and struggle to overcome your needs. Yet once you achieve this, you view your past efforts humorously. What a senseless philosophy to live by!

Living on a day to day basis, the person lacks direction. His aim is only to live. What exists is a dead spirit in a living body. However, the Hajj experience alters this unhealthy condition!

Once you decide to perform Hajj and take the necessary steps, you are on the road to the actualization of Hajj. Before going to Hajj you reside in your home calm and reposed. Upon entering the state of mind for Hajj, you arise and move away from your routine environment.

Hajj is the antithesis of aimlessness. It is the rebellion against a damned fate guided by evil forces. The fulfillment of Hajj will enable you to escape from the complex network of puzzles. This revolutionary act will reveal to you the clear horizon and free way to migration to eternity toward the Almighty Allah.

Depart from your home. and visit "Allah's house", or the "house of the people"! You, whoever you are,you are a man, Adam's son, and a representative of Allah on earth!You are a relative of Allah, Allah's trustee, His master of nature and a student of God. Allah taught you the names. He made you from His spirit and endowed you with special qualities. You were praised by Him; His angels even prostrated to you. This earth and everything in it was made available to man. God became your "homemate", with you at all times and watching all of your actions. Are you living up to His expectation?

Prophet (PBUH):

Allah is in the hearts of the believers

Quran XXIX:3

Thus Allah knoweth those who are sincere, and knoweth those who feign.

Quran LVII: 25

And that Allah may know him who helpeth Him and His messenger, though unseen.

Quran XVII: 7

Lo! We have placed all that is in the earth as an ornament thereof that we may try them: which of them is best in conduct.

Quran LXVII: 2

Who hath created life and death that He may try you, which of you is best in conduct; and he is the Mighty, the Forgiving,

With the passage of time and the influence of various forces of the social system which disregard human rights and duties, your character has been changed. The vicissitudes of life have affected you to the degree that you became alienated and neglectful. Originally, with Allah's spirit in your heart, you were supposed to shoulder the responsibility of being Allah's trustee on earth. You were granted time as a means for fulfilling this task but you failed because the gift was used carelessly!

Quran CIII: 2-3

By the declining day, Lo! man is in a state of loss,

This is what is called life! But realistically speaking what has been accomplished? What constructive contributions have you made? What have you gained? So many precious years have been lost, yet who are you?

Oh trustee and vicegerent of Allah on earth, you have turned to money, sex, greed, aggression, and dishonesty. You have regressed to the inferior status that you occupied before almighty Allah blew His spirit into you. Where is the spirit of Allah now? Oh man, rise out of this decadent situation! Divorce yourself from this gradual death.

Leave your surroundings and go to the pure land. There you may face Almighty Allah under the inspiring sky of Mashar. The estrangement which you have experienced will be overcome. At last, you will find yourself!

From Ali Shairati's book "Hajj, The Pilgrimage".


My nephew, Maisum, 7th grade, 13 years, Ladybird Grammar School, was punished violently by his teacher over some misconception he had about him.

I am outraged, massively outraged. I know my nephews, I discuss about them at length with my sisters, and I know their personalities. Maisum is not the type of kid who would do something outrageous, he is fresh at times, but NOT outrageous or out of his mind! In fact, as compared to the recent lot, he is quite mannered! He is sober, yet fun loving and very active.

Not only the violent reaction by the teacher has blew my mind, but it is the whole case that has made my blood boil, every single detail is outrageous!
The teacher accused my nephew of posting something inadequate about him on facebook, and started beating him. He slapped him, so much so that he has got scars on his face, and used steel scale to beat him up on his body which have left marks. After this, he dug the matter and realized it wasn't Maisum's mistake and after all these beatings he said that "You should have told me before!" whereas he wasn't listening to him the whole time.
Moreover, he stopped him from taking the school van to home and dropped him to home in his own car.

Every part of this incident is outrageous, I intend to write the details.
First thing first - a social networking site's matter are NOT supposed to be handled in a school! Who on EARTH is a teacher to investigate what happens on the facebook account of a student?! Secondly - my nephew DID NOT post anything inadequate. As I said, I am aware of the nature of my nephews - I have spent more time with them as compared to usually uncles and aunts spend, and I know Maisum can never post anything inadequate. Moreover, he is "friends" with me on facebook and I do keep an eye on his list of friends and his activities which are transparent to me! Now, without any investigation, the teacher accused him of something he never did, and without confirmation he started the 'violence'. Another point to mention is the fact that anyone can have multiple and fake accounts of a human, anyone can impersonate someone else's profile and can possibly ruin his/her image - which means that the concerned person must verify the identity before taking any action (I don't like using the word "action" as it was "violence", NOT corrective action).
When after he was done beating him, he did his confirmations and realized it wasn't my nephew - so he kind-of apologized (does it really matter? Apology after beating someone unjustly??).
Things don't stop here. Later, he stopped my nephew from taking his school van to home and made him sit in his car and dropped him home by his self. WHY ON EARTH!!! WHY ON EARTH DID HE MAKE HIM SIT IN HIS CAR AND NOT THE SCHOOL VAN WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMMUTING OF THE KIDS!! This gave me creeps and has infuriated me to an in-explainable degree.
If I was in the country, I would have went up to him, and did exactly what he did to my nephew: Beat him up and then ask what was the reason - but would have never apologized as it WAS HIS mistake.

When my sister called the Principal/VP or whoever runs the branch, she was naturally furious over phone. Later my brother in law called the lady and she asked not to bring your wife (my sister) to school tomorrow to discuss the matter because she is not "understanding" and "getting furious". I swear, if I was in the country, I would have gone straight to the school right then and kicked these horrible humans out of the school. You beat someone's child violently and then make him sit in you car and then ask to calm down????

Previously, this same nephew was accused of 'harassing' some girl in the class and was told that he will be suspended. I know this kid, he doesn't take interest in girls at all, doesn't give any heed to them, let alone, harass someone. Later on it was found that he wasn't guilty at all and that the girl had something running around with another boy who was permanently suspended from the school.

This is horrible. I feel extremely sad for my nephew and extremely outraged. I cannot even imagine the horrendous psychological effect on my nephew after these episodes. This of my nephew is the best among all of my nephew when it comes to studies and working hard - he likes proving himself at every ground, he does all his chores himself, he is quite a gem! And I am outraged because of what has happened today.

We thought only Madrassah with Maulvis are the no-go areas for our kids, but this is horrible - I would never send my kid to a school if I know such things would happen to him!