Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

New Theme – Already?

// February 25th, 2009 // 5 Comments » // Blog

Update (26/02/2009): My new theme has been temporarily retracted considering that it is PNG-heavy, and some people are still using Internet Explorer versions 6 and below, which have no-PNG support. I am looking for a quick fix that doesn't involve me designing a special IE<6 site!

It's been approximately two days since I launched the all new site – and already an updated template?

The few readers who knew me back when I started blogging on Blogger over two years ago, will remember how much (and how frequently) I loved to redesign my blog. Moving to denied me that luxury (though it did mean I had more time to spend on useful activities).

Now I have upgraded to a self-hosted blog, the opportunity for my behind to form a near-symbiotic relationship with the computer chair, as I spend countless hours wading through a maze of CSS stylesheets and incomprehensible PHP files, has finally been returned to me. Good thing I finished my PhD already, huh?

In this latest case of design fever, inspiration came from a doodle I drew on my iPod Touch:

Expect more drastic changes, whenever I feel bored and/or inspired!

Brass Crescent: Best Group Blogs

// November 30th, 2008 // 16 Comments » // Blog

I am so happy to see that both and have been nominated under the category: Best Group Blog, of this year's Brass Crescent Awards. Alhamdulillah!

I can't take any of the credit of course. Other than being group efforts, I have not devoted enough time towards either of these sites for the past few months, because of newer projects that I have undertaken. They are like the middle children who have been neglected after the new baby enters the household!

But these nominations are proof that they are still growing well, under the care of other devoted family members, māshā’Allāh.

I am now in a sticky situation: which 'child' to vote for? Sophie's Choice, much?! Help!

I’m a Mechanic?!

// November 22nd, 2008 // 19 Comments » // Blog

Whilst a budding Biology undergraduate, I wasted many an afternoon in the computer room, filling out pointless online personality tests, such as: “Which Icecream Flavour Are You?”. I think I was Raspberry Ripple – whatever that means. Or is that my favourite flavour? I forget.

Thus I was quite keen to visit a site I just discovered via Marahm's blog, called Typelyzer, which – simply put – is a personality quiz that requires you to answer just one question:

What's your blog address?

Obviously, it's a service that is only open to the blogging 'elite' (all several million of us).

This is what it had to say about moi:


Name Power

// October 17th, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Blog

My lesson for this evening:
The power of words;
More specifically,

My own name;
An identity of my own making.
A cause for new opportunities.
Now reduced in its capacity.

An old name;
Once a reason to be joyful,
But after a season of much angst,
Is unwanted and ignored.

A new name;
Cuts deep into tender underbelly,
Each time it's flaunted at me.
An unknown taunt that haunts me.

A special name;
The kind that is kept secret,
Between two who love eachother,
For the sake of their Creator.

Truly there is a lesson
In the power of these words;
More specifically,

What's your name power?

Too Dangerous For Facebook

// October 16th, 2008 // 15 Comments » // Blog

So, umm… my iMuslim UK Facebook profile has been deactivated.

I was really dumb, and contacted the admins about a technical problem I was facing, and I guess when they looked at my profile, they happened to notice that iMuslim UK doesn't sound like a real name. Whoops.


Brass Crescent Awards 2008 | 1429

// October 9th, 2008 // 2 Comments » // Blog

The Brass Crescent Awards are here again. I'm not sure who to nominate, except of course…


We received a 'special mention' or something last year, but this year we must win, inshā’Allāh. New look, new writers, new competitions – a whole new MM! is not really a group 'blog', plus we have our own plans for blogosphere domination, inshā’Allāh. So I'd rather peeps nominate MM (if you even care about my opinion, that is!).

They have a BEST FEMALE BLOG category, which I think my dearest sister, Organica (previously known as Organic Muslimah) should totally win. Vote Organica!

But the description for that category irks me somewhat:


So Little Time, So Much Change

// August 24th, 2008 // 6 Comments » // Blog

I was reminded of an old entry today, that I wrote approximately 18 months ago. So much has happened to me in the time that has since passed; too much to list here.

Reading over it, I saw a person whom I recognised, but was now distanced from. A young woman who had such high hopes for herself. Whose speech was clearer, intentions purer, heart brighter.

It is more than time that separates us now. A chasm filled with darkness. Desires that make the higher path more thorny to the sight. Good and evil intertwined within a knotted gut of emotion. How to release one, and retain the other?

It is never too late to change. To reclimb the mountain, and rise higher still. Only death is truly the end. May Allāh take my soul as a believer, worthy of the title “Muslim”. Āmīn.

Image Credit: Caucas

iPhone Apps: now on my iPod!

// July 25th, 2008 // 7 Comments » // Blog

Today I downloaded the iPhone 2.0 Software Update on my iPod Touch. I am now using the new WordPress app to write this entry.

I have tried to blog from my iPod before, but there were too many problems, such as the inability to select categories, to consider it as a feasible method for regular blogging.

But this new app fixes all that, and could prove useful for jotting down thoughts on the go – as long as I am in a free wifi zone.

Another nice, free app is iQuran produced by Guided Ways. I like the fact that I can easily browse the Qur'an, surah by surah, verse by verse, selecting whichever one I want recited. It should prove useful for times that I need to check my recitation, inshā’Allāh.

There is a Pro version that has more reciters and more translations available than the free app. I am considering investing in a copy… though I'm not sure if it has been released yet.

So, what's your favourite App?

A Complete Beginner’s Guide to RSS

// July 21st, 2008 // No Comments » // Blog

Anyone who spends any time reading news or blogs on the Internet must have seen the term RSS thrown around, or seen this ubiquitous little icon: feed-icon-14x14

And yet, many are still unaware what RSS means, what it does, and why you should be taking advantage of it. It's simple, fun, and can save you a lot of time in your daily dallying on the wonderful world of the Internet.

Continue reading over at…

Islam Expo – Live Blogging

// July 13th, 2008 // 12 Comments » // Blog

Assalamu 'alaykum wa rahmatullah

Day 3 – I brought my laptop today for the stand at the Emerald Lounge. Happy to find free wifi access so let's try this “live blogging” everyone seems to love doing…

17:04 – I am sat in the Main Hall waiting for my chance to talk to the Director of Islam Expo. Not sure if I'll have time, as I have a much more 'juicy' opportunity, inshā’Allāh in about five minutes… I'm praying that it works out! By the way, my iBook is far too heavy… I need a Mac Air stat!

18:16 – My “juicy opportunity” (which I now find to be a distasteful term…) was a tragic victim to Muslim timing, and has been delayed to 8.30pm. Subhanallah. Anyway, another opportunity presented itself in the form of The Sound of Reason. I am not a nasheed fan, but according to my colleague, they are rising stars in the making. I believe they are from Canada… Interesting brothers.

22:15 – I have had the craziest few hours of – well – a long time… the 'juiciness' came through, ALHAMDULILLAH! I can now reveal that I was desperately trying to get hold of the group, Outlandish – and by the providence of Allāh it happened! I don't have any photos, but I will have some video footage SOON, inshā’Allāh. This weekend has been amazing… not because I am a big nasheed/music artist fan. Not at all – I haven't even listened to a single Outlandish song (knowingly); but it has been very useful for the project I am working on. Anyway, need to get home. The underground is all messed up… will blog more later, inshā’Allāh.

00:42 – Alhamdulillah, I am home safe and sound. I should really get some much needed beauty sleep, but let me first share with you something that I have learned this weekend:

If your goal is noble…

If your intention is to please Allāh

If your aim is to serve the Ummah…

Then my friends: anything is possible.

I mean that, ANYTHING. Btw, I don't mean to brag about myself here. Every step I took this weekend was guided by Allāh; I felt that. There were just too many “coincidences”; even with all the running about, opportunities were presented one after the other, so easily, so smoothly, it's like they literally fell in my lap!

My words are really only to serve as encouragement to you all; to those who may doubt their own ability to make a change in the world. If you have an idea, act on it – no matter how “whack” or unrealistic it may seem. Don't wait for someone to tell you it's a good idea; just do it (I hate that that phrase is associated with such a materialistic corporate brand, but how can you argue with its simplicity?).

Honestly, I am an absolute nobody – I don't even need to state that; it's obvious! But the fact that I was backstage at the IslamExpo concert yesterday – without a media pass – without a concert ticket!!! (ahem) – just shows you the power of dua, and the kindness that exists in the Ummah. My brethren in Islam have truly amazed me this weekend with their genorisity and compassion; subhanallah, tears are welling up as I type! I have too many people to thank, but at some point I shall write down a list, and pray that Allāh rewards them all.

Okay, now if you're wondering what the heck I am going on about, or whether you've missed some important piece of info – don't fret. I am being purposely cryptic, cos I love surprising people. I will tell you now… keep your eye on over the next few weeks, and all will be revealed soon enough, inshā’Allāh. I recommend you sign up to their RSS feed to keep up with the latest updates. That's all I am saying!

Now it's time for bed methinks…. peace out people.