Islam Expo – Live Blogging

// July 13th, 2008 // 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.

12 Responses to “Islam Expo – Live Blogging”

  1. Faraz says:

    I know those brothers … can’t remember the name of the one on the left, but the guy on the right is the brother of an old friend.

  2. iMuslim says:

    You know everybody! Everybody Canadian, that is. Canadian and Muslim…

  3. Faraz says:

    Alhamdulillah … I don’t actually know that many people, since I’m a bit disconnected from Toronto, which is home to by far the largest Muslim community in Canada. But there aren’t that many people, Muslim or otherwise, who have traveled the country as much as I have.

    The Sound of Reason guys are from Montreal … I went to high school with them. The guy on the left (Francis) wasn’t Muslim back then, but I knew Kuhyar (the one on the right). They were one grade behind me, I think. Ku’s brother was one of my best friends back then.

    Sounds like you had a great time masha-Allah. Looking forward to hearing all the updates.

  4. AnonyMouse says:

    That’s amazing… may Allah continue to bless your efforts, ameen! :)

    BTW, I’m getting hyped up about this too! :D

  5. Sumera says:

    Cool. I personally avoid these kind of events – bore the life out of me, but good to know you enjoyed it :D

  6. gess says:

    I was off line the whole weekend.
    Good work, iMuslim and congratulations ;)

  7. Dr. Teeth says:

    I hope to visit the expo next year.
    We in India do not have any Islamic expo’s, if anyone of you might be interested please buzz me in.
    We can sort out something and get the Muslim bloggers and webmasters of India on a single platform.

    Wish you all good luck ahead.

    Jazakallah Khair

  8. shine87 says:

    “If your goal is noble…

    If your intention is to please Allah…

    If your aim is to serve the Ummah…

    Then my friends: anything is possible.”

    AoA,Iam new to your blog and i find it very interesting however what motivated me to leave a comment are the lines quoted above.Can you tell me sister how did you find such a FIRM believe in Allah ? Ive lost that feeling, that longing to do good and believe.Will be obliged if u could help!

  9. iMuslim says:

    Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    What a hard question to answer… wow!

    In this particular case, it was the sheer multitude of blessings that Allah was pouring upon me and my colleagues, making it so easy for us to achieve our particular purpose. Alhamdulillah. I could only take it as an encouragement to keep working at it, to ensure that I would be making the most of these gifts.

    In general however, it is sometimes all too easy to become demotivated. This is actually my first outing into the world of community activism. Yes, I blog and do things online, but I have never really stepped out of my house to achieve a tangible goal that aims to help others.

    I guess what makes this different, and perhaps better, is that I really believe in what I am doing, and have confidence that it is something that will please Allah, insha’Allah. The success He has graciously bestowed upon the project so far confirms that in my heart. Though it has absolutely no reflection upon the state of my own soul; Allah has used bad people to achieve good ends many a time before now.

    It is difficult to know what to say, as I don’t know your circumstances. Please feel free to e-mail me, and explain your problem in more detail.


  10. shine87 says:

    I would do that! :)

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