Thursday, September 29, 2011

Things to do on an Airplane

1. Remove your laptop from a bag.
2. Open the laptop slowly and carefully.
3. Turn it on.
4. Ensure the passenger next to you is watching.
5. Connect to the Internet
6. Close your eyes for a brief moment, open them again, turn your gaze upwards to the sky as if in a prayer.
7. Take a deep breath and open this site: 
8. Turn and observe the facial expression of your neighbour.

Can't, Stop, Laughing! Lol

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

هذا أيضا سيمر

This too shall pass. I go through these phases where everything i am doing at that particular moment, whether good or bad, all i can think in my mind is this too shall pass. or this is just a moment and then it's gone. It's such an odd combination of sadness and comfort squashed into two. In a way you feel helpless, trying to hold on to a moment which you know will only remain in the form of a memory but at the same time when you're going through a tough time you can't help but take a deep breath and think in relief, "well, this too shall pass." 

Monday, September 26, 2011

When religion doesn't cut it

There are moments when you become literally speechless because of how shocked you are. I shouldn't have been shocked, I shoulda seen it coming. but that's what we do, stay in denial as long as we possibly could until it's thrown directly in our face and telling us "OK LOOK!" and then we have no other option but to do just that.

One of my closest friends, who i consider to be technically my sister was skyping with me the other day and the topic came to how much we've changed these past couple of years and she decided to tell me that she's agnostic. To her, religion wasn't something she thought of as rational and all the rules and regulations are probably pointless to a lord who loves us all regardless probably could care less. There could be many different paths and she could not fathom the whole inclusion and exclusion process. Knowing that we are very similar I respect her questioning process, not so much the illogical arguments.  Like her i am not the type of person to take something to be just that because i was told it was so, or that authority claimed it to be. I have been through my own period of questioning but the outcome and reality i came to was totally different than hers. Which is why i wasn't sure where to start with her or how to proceed on such a delicate topic. I feel though that speaking to each other after so long and actually opening up about how our religious beliefs as a whole have changed has made us hopefully more open to discussion.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Not for a state of Palestine

One of my best friends moved back to Palestine recently, with all that's been going on about Palestine going to the UN to be voted in as an official state i spoke with her to get an idea of how Palestinians were dealing with the idea. At first, i was very much for the idea but then through talking to people and doing a little more in-depth research it looked to me as if a Palestinian state isn't actually in the interests of Palestinians.

Before i get jumped on as anti-Palestinian here's what's going on. In the occupied Palestinian territories, Palestinians have no actual economy, the items actually used by them are mostly all made in Israel. So say there is a Palestinian state how is it to thrive with no apparent economy? Secondly, establishing a Palestinian state what does that actually  change? considering that during this whole time the UN has recognized that Israel has had several sanctions placed against it but has anything actually changed. There is nothing binding about these sanctions so why would Israel comply!

Anyways that is the short synopsis on what I've got to say about the matter, maybe not what people would automatically think is a pro-Palestine stance but nonetheless, it is my approach to it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Was I disrespectful to Obama for saying that he didn’t say anything when the Israeli military bombed Gaza for seven days and killed 900 innocent civilians? ‘Cause he didn’t. So that’s not disrespectful. To say I didn’t vote for him, that’s not disrespectful either — that’s exercising my right to not cast a ballot for a system that I don’t necessarily believe in. It’s more of a corrective critique as opposed to me just trying to be an asshole. I didn’t believe that he had the power to change the system, which is what needs to happen. I don’t look at the color and I don’t look at the historical significance. Just because you’re black doesn’t mean you’re going to save the world. There are no superhuman qualities about us; we’re all human, able to make mistakes and be hypocrites, [and] also at the same time do great things."

Lupe’s answer when told that on “Words I Never Said” was pegged as disrespectful due to his criticism on Barack Obama.

I respect this man. 

Holding onto these last moments of summer

Just a couple of days ago and before we head back to school, the family decided to take a beach trip. So as everyone was heading the other way because of Hurricane Irene we were going in the other direction. You know, just typical family outing. Surprisingly though when we got there there were a couple of other families there as well. I hoped it would be emptier. All the same, it was great. beautiful sunrays, and the beach is great no matter what.

we go for the birds 

Wahhh!..that's my fishing face, don't judge. 

heading home <3

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.
Kahlil Gibran (excerpt from On Children)

under some neon lights

I'm just sitting here in the registers Office at school waiting for my brother to get everything cleared up so he can get registerd for university.  I'm actually excited to get started and so glad to be back in town. Oh home sweet home. I already have my resolutions all planned out and like every year i expect half of them to go unfullfilled, but at least i try, no!

Inshallah may this coming year be full of awesomeness and happy adventures for everyone!

Study hard ya'll 

Friday, September 2, 2011

The monsters inside your head

Beware that when you fight the monsters you do not become one of them. 

Mission Statement

I vow to be a servant of God, one who always tries and takes a step forward in her life and through her seeking of knowledge. 
I promise to be a student of life, one who learns from her mistakes and leaves the past for that. 
One who always takes hold of an opportunity when it hits. 
I will try and leave the judging of others up to God and worry about how i portray my actions first and foremost. 
I will do my best but i will also realize and come to terms with the fact that some things are not in my hands to change, and others, that if God hadn't answered my prayers for them, it was for the better. 
I will not stand silent to injustice and oppression. 
I will stand for the truth even if my voice shakes doing it. 
I will count my  blessings and honor the people who love me. 
First and foremost, i will not simply exist but i will live, breathe and inhale the beauty of life which God has in his generosity granted me.