Archive for July, 2007

My Silence Is Golden

// July 30th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

My hiatus from regular blogging requires that i refrain from entering into comment section discourse on other blogs. I sometimes make exception with Ijtema, but otherwise i've been pretty good, overall, māshā’Allāh.

At first, this used to frustrate me quite a bit, especially where the topic was particularly 'juicy', or i felt a point of view had been completely missed. However, 99% of the time, i chose to bite my tongue, and simply observe.

Now, after a few weeks, i have begun to appreciate the benefits of my silence. It has forced me to listen to other people's opinions, and consider them, before formulating my own. It has also been somewhat humbling to see how insignificant my previous contributions had been; my old blog haunts are still active, and any small gap that i may have left, has been filled by new and far more interesting people.

By the way, this is not me feeling sorry for myself – i'm simply observing that which has always been true.

It is arrogant to think that you will be missed. I don't think i thought that would be the case, consciously, but subconsciously, i may have hoped for it. But i'm glad that i am not – well, how can anyone miss me, when i'm still here? That reminds me of a song title: How can i miss you, when you won't go away? Classic.

I think more of us should force ourselves to be silent observers, from time to time. Islamically-speaking we should only speak good, or else stay quiet, anyway. I have always felt the proverb, “empty vessels make the most sound”, was particularly applicable to me, and now that i have taken the back-seat, blogging-wise, i definitely feel more “full”.

Full of what, though – i'm not sure!

Crazy Ideas

// July 29th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I've noticed that one of the great side-effects of being a major procrastinator, is all the random ideas that come into my head, that give me reasons not to do my work – and not all of them are that crazy, either, which is kinda cool! Māshā’Allāh.

I'm sure i'm not the only one who is in receipt of regular inspiration, so i created a Facebook group titled: Muslims: A Place For Your Crazy Ideas, to allow people to get feedback on their – well – crazy ideas!

I was inspired to create the group, because of a particularly crazy idea i had a while back. If i hadn't shared it with someone, i would never have been brave enough to act upon it, especially as it has nothing to do with Science. And thanks to this someone's own contacts, this idea may become a reality very soon, inshā’Allāh. Jazakallah to that someone: you know who you are! :D

Facebook groups are really weird. Very few of them seem to be a place of discussion, and networking, which drives me a little crazy. I think it's because FB does not allow users to subscribe to a group “feed” which would allow members to keep an eye on the latest activity. I actually wrote to the admin to suggest they implement this, but we'll see if they accept my crazy idea. Also, most Facebookers are lazy show-offs, IMO (not the people that i know, obviously – just a general observation!).

Anyway… join already!

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Arabicized Self-Deprecation

// July 27th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

When i get bored in meetings, i often doodle in my notepad; it looks like i'm making notes, whereas in fact, i am usually practising my Arabic writing skills.

This is an example of what i wrote during yesterday's meeting:


Transliteration for those who cannot read Arabic:

Ah feel sa-too-bid

Note: There is no 'p' in the Arabic alphabet, so 'b' is used instead, when transliterating from English into Arabic.. e.g., Bebsi, bizza, etc.

Well… i did, at the time!

Ooh, question! Should there me a hamza on top of the aleef? I'm still confused by the hamza: when should it be used??

Spooky Kitty

// July 26th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Can cats see Malikul Maut (the Angel of Death)?!

BBC News: US cat 'predicts patient death'

A US cat that is reportedly able to sense when a nursing home's residents are about to die is baffling doctors. Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours. According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25 cases so far.

Hmm…. Is anyone else suspicious that this kitty is more than a casual observer to these tragic events? I mean, if he had been a (human) nurse, he'd have been arrested by now! Could this be the first documented case of a feline serial killer, preying on the old and infirm? Only in America, people – only in America!

Fun Sundays, Late Nights, Early Starts, Lazy Bacteria & Heavy Flooding

// July 23rd, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

That pretty much describes my last 24 hours. Lemme break it down for ya:


Yes, But Is It Poetry?

// July 21st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

I've been thinking about this little tag of mine: poetry.

It's a rather strange, little tag; whenever i go to select it, it gives me a funny look, as if to say:

“What? Me? Are you sure you want to click me? I think you're mistaken. I just read your entry; you should definitely reconsider.”

I respond with a scowling glare, as if to say:

“Look, this is my blog, and if i want to label this entry as “poetry”, it shall thus be labeled! Alright?”.

Usually, the verbals end there, but tonight, the little tag surprised me with a curious retort:


A Seed

// July 21st, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

A single seed, sitting neatly in the centre of your palm.

You plant it in the ground,

then wait.

Closing your eyes,

you imagine the future.

This one little seed….

may grow into a mighty tree,

with deep roots,

and strong branches,

reaching high into the sky,

yielding beautiful flowers

and tangy-sweet fruits.


it may be food for the worms,

be pecked away by a curious bird,

drown in the rain,

be scorched by the sun,

strangled by the weeds,

or simply fail to wake up, for no reason at all.

You just don't know.

So you wait, and see,

what Allāh has planned

for this little seed.

But while you wait, you wonder:

“Should i sow another?”.

All images obtained from Flickr (right click image to view original source).


// July 19th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Today, I was given a wonderful gift from someone in my extended family – i can't even tell you how we're related; it's one of those typically-Asian, tenuous, family connections, where you don't necessarily have to be related, to be related!

Anyway, it's a quilted prayer mat. Isn't it bayootiful, māshā’Allāh?


I’m On Fiiiire – Woo!

// July 18th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

Firewire icon

I just luuuurve FireWire.

Integral USB Flash Drive

Estimated transfer time for 1.75GB of data from iBook to 2GB Integral Courier USB 2.0 Flash Drive: 3 hours.

Click Wheel iPod

Estimated transfer time for 1.75GB of data from iBook to 20GB Fourth Generation iPod via FireWire: 5 minutes.