I am an Artist :)

SAWJ ki bharpoor farmaish per 😛

I am

ISFP – The Artist

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The gentle and compassionate type. They are especially attuned their inner values and what other people need. They are not friends of many words and tend to take the worries of the world on their shoulders. They tend to follow the path of least resistance and have to look out not to be taken advantage of.

They often prefer working quietly, behind the scene as a part of a team. They tend to value their friends and family above what they do for a living.

hehehe…sounds good 😉

Analysis

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And this tag is universal so if you are reading this, you are tagged! 🙂

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Gender Analyzer

This is really interesting. I found it from Anas’s blog and I thought Id test this tool a lil with the links on my blogroll 🙂 (Just as in Anas’s post, my comments are in italics)

Mahwash: We guess http://theblackmirror.blogspot.com is written by a man (55%), however it’s quite gender neutral. I expected different result here.

Hira S: We think http://hiragoeson.blogspot.com is written by a man (76%). Pretty much expected.

Kurri: We think http://kurripataki.wordpress.com is written by a woman (71%).
Finally someone who represents her gender really well! 🙂

Mariyas: We have strong indicators that http://mariyas.wordpress.com is written by a man (98%).
Oho…something seriously went wrong here

Purple: We guess http://purpleruminations.wordpress.com is written by a woman (57%), however it’s quite gender neutral. Again, I expected the results to be different.

Safi: We have strong indicators that http://safiullahhussaini.wordpress.com is written by a man (91%).
lol…no surprises here

Saadat: We think http://ultaseedha.com.pk/ is written by a man (76%). Fair enough, what do u say? 🙂

Kufr?

EDIT: I just got an email from the guy I have mentioned in this post, poor guy has been thinking too much over this. Anyway, I had appended his email at the end of this post.

So SAWJ asked a question his blog and I have been reading the discussion silently, not adding my own interpretation as I was afraid that I might say something blasphemous. Here’s the question again:

Let’s say, there’s an engineer who designs a satellite. The life of the satellite is long enough and he sends it into space with 100 years of fuel. There’s no chance that the satellite will get destroyed and not be able to complete it’s 100 years. But after 25 years, the engineer dies!

Now the question is: Will the satellite stop working with the engineer’s death and not complete it’s 100 years?

If you think yes, you don’t possess the IQ to read on. Please stop reading right here!

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If you thought no, here’s the real question:

Allah designed this Universe to perfection, there’s no chance of it getting destroyed by external force. He wrote all that is to happen in the Loh (book) with the Qalam (pen) [I hope you do know about the Loh-o-Qalam]. But after 25 years of creating this Universe, Allah died. This Universe will work perfectly as designed till the day it’s supposed to die. Is there any proof that Allah is still alive?

What I willbe writing here is not my interpretation but conclusion to a discussion that I had over this with someone I had emailed this question to. Lemme clarify, he’s not an aalim, just a normal guy who loves to study islamic literature:

First of all, it is important to understand, the question that was posed was not in the category of ‘shirk’ but in fact under ‘kufr’ but it would not be considered kufr cuz the human mind is free to think but actually believing in something of the sort would be kufr. Further, SAWJ also has an answer to this question according to the Shariah which he is not revealing.

Now coming to the part of ‘understanding by logic’. Ofcourse, for that we need to know what logic actually is. According to the limited knowledge that we have, logic is a mere illusion. Newton’s absoluteness theory/religious views (which gave way to so many laws in physics) were deemed incorrect by Einstein’s theory of relativity. We also know through the theory of incompletion, nothing can be deemed complete (and perfect) and thus all the laws and theories that we have in this world are merely ‘assumptions’ important for us to make our lives simpler. (It can also be used to explain why Newton’s laws were negated by Einstein and why Einstein’s theories are also in danger of negation in the future…they are incomplete like everything else). Now, if we take the islamic perspective, even the likes of Hazrat Imam Al-Ghazali, considered to be one of the best islamic philosophers and also the pioneer of occasionalism was unable to prove various happenings merely through logic.

So, what do we do now? This is where we need to be a little dogmatic and simply believe things as they are stated in the Qur’an by Allah (SWT). It is stated clearly in Ayat-al-Kursi that “Allah! None has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists.” [2:255]

SAWJ, I am waiting for your answer now 🙂

EDIT: Ok, SAWJ has just posted the answer here.

EDIT: Here’s the email I was talking about

A man asked to Hazrat Ali (RA) that you believe in Allah and his oneness and you accept Islam and follow the commands by preventing yourself many luxuries of life. What is that? I don,t believe in God and I do what I please to. Hazrat Ali (RA) replied that: Ok, for the moment let us assume that your believes are true. In this case, whatever I have been doing by accepting Islam would not have any harm because there will not be any day of judgement and I will not be answerable to anybody. The only suffering I will have is that I remained away from the luxuries of life and I will be dead without enjoying. Since human life is finite, thus I (or any body following Islam) will be loosing a finite luxury-time (according to your belief). On the other hand, if what you say are false and my believes are true, then according to Islam, by not accepting Islam, you will be punished in Hell and will remain there for un-ending time. What is the best way now? Accepting Islam or not accepting? Enjoying a finite life time or facing a great pain for an infinite time? The choice is yours.
May Allah bless Hazrat Ali (RA) and raise his standing in Jannah upon Prophet Muhammad (SW) and give us the love of him and all the Sahaba Kiram (RA). (Amen)

Lame Excuses People Make for Not Going For Hajj

Ofcourse with so many people going for Hajj in my family, I am missing my last year’s experience a lot. Khair, here’s a very interesting article by Asma Binte Shameem which I just found on farhat Hashmi’s blog

Excuse # 1: I am too busy with Work

Some people delay Hajj because they say they can’t find time to take off from work. But don’t they see the very fact that they didn’t take time out for Hajj is the reason why Allaah kept them so busy with work?

The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Allah says: ‘Son of Adam: Fill your time with My worship and I will fill your heart with richness, and end off your poverty. But if you don’t, I would make your hands fully busy (i.e. in worldly affairs) and I would not end off your poverty.’” (At-Tirmidhi said that it is a good hadeeth)

And he said:“Verily Allah tests His servant with what He has given him. So whoever is content with whatever he has been assigned, then Allah will bless him in it, and give him more! But whoever is not content (with what he has been given), then he will not be blessed in it.” (Ahmad-saheeh).

If you make your intention sincerely for the sake of Allaah and do your best to take time from work, Allaah will provide it for you.

“And whoever fears Allaah, He will make for him an easy way out and provide for him sustenance from sources he could never imagine. Whoever places his reliance upon Allaah, Allaah will suffice Him. Indeed Allaah is one who can achieve His purpose and He has appointed a measure for everything.” (Talaq:2-3)

Excuse # 2: I am not spiritually ready

Some people say I am not spiritually strong, I am not much of a believer and thus not ready to go or they say I think I should only do Hajj when I have figured out Salah and Zakah and I am practicing Islaam fully…
Don’t you see? That is the whispering of the Shaytaan in your heart. He does not want you to go and earn all the reward and Jannah.
All you got to do is to try hard to improve yourself, putting your trust in Him and surely He will guide you.
“And (as for) those who strive hard for Us, We will most certainly guide them in Our ways; and Allah is most surely with the doers of good.” [Ankabut:69]

We all know people who weren’t fully practicing Muslims prior to making the Hajj, yet once they came back from Hajj they went under this amazing transformation and Alhamdulillah they are now practicing fully. So don’t think like that, just go.

Excuse # 3: Yeah, insha Allaah next year…..next year…..then next year

Subhaan Allaah, some people have no excuse not to go for Hajj. Yet when you ask them when they are going for hajj, they say “yeah, insha Allaah next year. But somehow that ‘next year’ never comes.
Don’t be like those people. Make your intention to go for Hajj NOW. Don’t even wait till tomorrow. Do it now and prepare for this journey, while you have the ability. For you never know when death will overtake you or some other trial may befall you that will unable you to go. The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“Take advantage of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you become occupied, and your life before your death.” (Bukhari)

Ali, radhiAllaahu ‘anhu, once stood at the head of a grave and said to his companion, “If he had a chance to return to this life, what do you think he would do?” His companion replied, “He would do nothing but good deeds.” Ali (RA) then said, “If it is not going to be him, then let it be you.”

Excuse # 4: When Allaah wants me to come, Allaah will call me

Sure, guidance is in Allaah’s Hands. Yet you have to work hard to qualify for that guidance. Remember that Allaah will not throw the guidance in your lap from up above. It is YOU who has to make the effort. Just like if you are hungry… Allaah will not throw the food down from the sky. You have to get up and cook that food.
Allaah orders us to make that effort. Allaah says:
“O you who believe! Be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.” [Surah Maidah:35]

Excuse # 5: Its too much hard work

Do you realize how much hard work we do for the dunya? Most of our lives we spend working hard for our studies, our livelihood, our families, our businesses, and we can’t bear to work hard for the Aakhirah? Sure, Hajj is hard work but then, isn’t Jannah worth it? The Prophet (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:
“The reward of Hajj Mabrur is nothing but Jannah.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

“And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it as he ought to strive and he is a believer; (as for) these, their striving shall surely be accepted.” [al-Israa‘:19]

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab is quoted as saying, “I seek Allaah’s protection from the time when the ‘fasiq’ or disobedient will have much energy and enthusiasm and the righteous will be lazy.”

Excuse # 6: It takes too long

Some people use the length of Hajj as an excuse each year for delaying or not going. How long does it take?! Just 2-3 weeks! As if they haven’t taken that much time for vacations?!

To them I want to say, planning is everything. If you plan from now for Hajj next year, you can save up your vacation time and use it for the most important journey of your life. Or you can just choose an express Hajj package (about 10-14 days). And remember that the stay in Medina is not a part of Hajj.

Excuse # 7: Its too hot

A Canadian may say it’s too cold. An African will say it’s too hot. Both are making excuses for not doing good actions. Remember, it was summer in the desert during the time of the Battle of Tabuk, and the Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) was rallying his troops for an exhaustive trip that, back then, would have taken them months. That’s when the hypocrites told the people ‘do not go out in the heat’. Allaah said to tell them, “that the fire of hell is much hotter; if only they understood.” (Tauba:81)

Excuse # 8: I’ll wait until my kids are older/get married

Similarly, Muslims might delay Hajj and give themselves time by saying, “let me wait till my kids are older, or till my daughter gets married (and their daughter may only be 5 years old!)… let me wait till I do this , let me wait till I do that.”

This is also just a way of procrastination and nothing else. Remember that hajj is an obligation in Islaam. It is fardh upon you. If you have the means and you have not yet done your obligatory hajj, the ulama say that it is better for you to do Hajj, rather than delaying it if your kids are young.

The Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) said, “Race to good deeds before a time and a fitnah comes, (a test) that will sweep over you like the darkest of the darkest nights.”
Obviously, for the one whose kids are of marriageable age and has just enough money for either Hajj or marriage, the Ulama say:
“If there is a conflict between the father’s Hajj and the son’s getting married, because the father only has enough money for one of them, then he should look to see whether his son’s marriage is essential right now, or can it be delayed? If the son needs to get married and fears that he may do something haraam, then getting him married takes precedence over the father’s doing Hajj.” (www.islamqa.com)

Beware of lame excuses

The Prophet (sal Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam ) advised a man:
“Pray your prayer as if it is your last, as if you are seeing Him (Allah), for even if you do not see Him then He sees you. And give up hope (of obtaining) what other’s possess, then you will live a rich life. And beware of anything that you might (later) have to make an excuse for.” (Bukhari in his al-Tarikh, and al-Tabarani-saheeh)

Another Tag!!

This was literally the ‘tag week’! Anway, another tag from Mahwash.

The Rules are:

Tagging/Linking others is entirely optional. You don’t have to sound needy and pathetic at all at anyone else’s blog to beg them to come visit your blog and respond to your blog (God, I’m vicious).
The tag expires after a period of 24 hours.
Tag as many people you like. Don’t tag them if you don’t want to. Don’t mention me if you don’t want to. Mention me if you want to. Heck it’s YOUR blog.
If you don’t see yourself as tagged by someone that’s pointless. This tag is universal. Everyone’s invited.
And no more rules. Introduce a little anarchy.

So I am actually doing this tag after it has expired 😛 I know I am lazy. Khair Here it goes:

Three things which you pride yourself upon.
1. Faith in Allah (SWT)
2. I have nothing extraordinary and trust me thats a huge advantage.
3. Capability to listen to all the crap that my friends need to get out of their systems

Three things you hate about yourself.
1. Emotional mood swings
2. Tendency to trust people easily
3. Sloth

Three things that you can’t let go of.
None I think

Three things that you love to eat.
1. Fruits & vegetables
2. Salads…all sorts of em
3. Chocolates!

Three things you cannot possibly eat in a million years.
Toooo many

Three songs you could sing to the rest of the world.
1. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
2. I believe I can Fly by R. Kelly
3. Aaj Bazar Main by Nayyara Noor

Three movies you would show if you had your way around Film Festivals.
1. The Last Samurai
2. Braveheart
3. Scent of a woman