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The Blue Ninjabi

// June 2nd, 2008 // 11 Comments » // Blog

I am quite tired… pooped in fact. And not just from all the typing I've been doing in the last couple of hours in relation to the kaffiyeh event (which got posted on the front of WordPress.com btw! Māshā’Allāh!).

The main cause of my sore muscles was the most intense hour of physical activity that I have so far experienced in my short life, that took place between 10.30-11.30am this Sunday morning. Otherwise known as: my blue belt grading. Guys, I now have a belt in kickboxing – woooohoooo! Alhamdulillah!

It might not sound like much, but this is a real achievement for someone like me. This is my first significant sporting achievement since I came third in the 200m sprint, in my last year of primary school. As pathetic as that sounds, I DO NOT KID! I feel like calling up my old P.E. teacher and telling her the good news:

“Remember the tubby geek who couldn't throw, catch, jump, run or even stretch properly to save her life? Well, in your face Mrs Taylor – I'm a martial artist now. Ner!”.

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Darn You, Procrastination!

// February 11th, 2008 // 8 Comments » // Blog

Why does it have to hit when you have a tonne of work to do? I'm feeling terribly “not bothered”, which is a 180 on how super-keen I have been acting all week. Maybe I just burned myself out… y'know, with all that key depression, and mouse clicking. Wow, hard work.

Actually, I did attend kickboxing class twice this week… allow me a Valley Girl moment to tell you how, like, totally awesome it is, yah! But I am sooooooo sore today. I've been hobbling around the house like an old lady; those stairs are killing me! Why did I have to live on the top floor? Owwweeeee…

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More Angry Brown People on the News

// January 8th, 2008 // 10 Comments » // Blog

I switch on the TV,
and flip to BBC News 24.

I see images of angry, brown men,
holding up home-made placards,
shouting incoherent slogans,
setting fire to things.

I think to myself:
“Has the Pope made another speech?”
“More cartoons mocking the Prophet, sallalahu 'alayhi wa salam?”
“Perhaps the teddy bear now has a wife named Khadija?”

Turns out,
it was just about the Cricket.

If religion “is the opiate of the people”*,
then Sport is their crack cocaine.

*For the sake of interest and education, here is Karl Marx's quote in context (courtesy of Wikipedia):

Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man—state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of this world, its encyclopedic compendium, its logic in popular form, its spiritual point d'honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, and its universal basis of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realization of the human essence since the human essence has not acquired any true reality. The struggle against religion is, therefore, indirectly the struggle against that world whose spiritual aroma is religion.
Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the Opiate of the people. [Emphasis added]
The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

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