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I recently attended dars (religious lecture) where the mentor was explaining about how important it is to not waste time and utilize it well.

There were once 2 men in Delhi (India) who were visiting a Muslim scholar to take an oath/pledge. While they were at the mosque they began comparing the size of their mosque’s wodhu tank (wash basin) with the wodhu tank at this mosque. They were not aware how the Muslim scholar looked like, so continued discussing that, while the Muslim scholar was nearby and heard them.

When they came to him to take the oath the scholar said to them to go and measure their mosque’s wodhu basin (wash basin) with this mosque’s wodhu tank before taking any oath!

The 2 men uncertain at first, realized that the scholar said this because they were wasting their time.

Clock tower in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Just yesterday I heard this incident and today I got to know a colleague of mine, Saad,  who’s senior to me was telling us about his article ship days (intern ships for chartered accountancy students) in KPMG company. He told his company he would not be able to work before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. and on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). The reason was that he had a job in Hyderabad (2 hour drive from Karachi– the place he was in). He taught students accountancy in Hyderabad and used to go there on Fridays nights. There were times he used to reach Karachi on Monday mornings straight at the office! Plus after some time, during his article ship days, he opened his own institute under his dad’s name (because it’s not allowed for students doing article ship to open an institute). He spent time over there as well and still does. He teaches many commerce related subjects and I have attended his classes for one of my subjects, corporate reporting. I found him a really good teacher. That’s obvious as he has masha Allah worked so hard for where he is now.

Even at dars, the scholar said we can’t imagine the sawab we get from Allah (SWT) treasures when we recite Subhan Allah. So why not should we recite Alhumdulilah, Astaghfirulla and these beautiful words more often (while at the car, while sitting idle etc or even specifically taking time out to recite them.)

I read Railway Children by E. Nesbit during childhood and remember a part of it: When Peter’s at the bridge doing nothing he says that doing something in a place makes it much more beautiful and lively.

So let’s  utilize our time and make our surroundings more beautiful and lively 🙂

Najma Aijaz, 15th April 2012

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As said in my previous posts, I want to write about what people love doing. And here is one of my friend, who expresses herself by creating greetings cards for people:

Valentine’s collection

My personal

favoriteAll cards by ‘Card Booth’ are HAND MADE and are the property of ‘Haute Pink Couture’.

You are free to browse through  albums on Card booth’s face book page  https://www.facebook.com/pages/CArd-BOOth/186258781482190?sk=info.

Card Booth handle all types of greeting events that includes:

Birthday cards
– Valentine cards
– Baby shower cards
Mother’s Day cards
Anniversary cards
Easter day cards
Christmas cards
– Invitation cards
– Thank you cards
– Friendship cards
– Get well soon cards
– Eid cards
Ramadan cards
Diwali cards
Holiday cards
– Photo cards
– Humor cards
– and any other occasions of your choice.

The cards are created by Shafaq Usmani and if interested (specially for people living in U.A.E.) her contact info. is:

Contact info

Phone +971 508529000

Email shafaq.iusman@gmail.com

I hope to write about more about people’s creative works. Expressing one’s self in relationships IS important and what better way to do it than with greeting cards. Aren’t the greeting cards beautifully made? Share your thoughts and comments with me.  

Najma Aijaz, 9th April 2012

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simply amazing.

And that’s what I am looking for. In some of my next posts I will post about what other people truly love doing. It maybe something they do to perhaps express themselves.

Anyone can express him/herself through writing, painting, dancing or just about anything. It can be therapeutic and as well as fun! Plus doing it with other people can make it so much more fun :).

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that it makes the world an interesting place to be, and full of interesting and different people.

I have spent my school years at Our Own English High School Fujairah, U.A.E. Since kindergarden I had classmates from various different nationalities. I had friends from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Phillipines, Sudan, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, India, China, Lebanon and of course Pakistan (my home country). There were even third generation kids. Like a girl named Sophie had her mom from U.S.A. and dad from Saudi Arabia. There was a guy in our school who’se dad was from U.K. and mom from Korea. And ofcourse many of my friends had one of their parents as Pakistan and the other as Indian/Bangladeshi.

Since I was brought up in this environment I didn’t notice the diversity much until I realised at my senior years that the environment that I have grown up in is somehow unique (than the other schools else where).

How this has made me as a person is also something special that I see in myself. I don’t judge a person by his/her nationality, language or color. I understand that there can be good or bad people in any nation or there can be good as well as bad qualities in a person.

There are some common attributes that I noticed in the students of various countries, for example:

Chinese: are truly hard working. My friend Siwen Zhu never used to sit idle. Either she used to be studying or making bracelets or even doing mathematics for fun!

Pakistanis: yearn for praise and appreciation for their work. They used to exceptionally work well when appreciated and rewarded and used to take part mainly in sports (usually no other activity)

Bangladeshis were exceptionally brilliant at mathematics. I am impressed. I mean I found in every class there used to be atleast one Bangladeshi topping the class in mathematics. I even found students who weren’t as studious or brilliant in other subjects but were toppers in mathematics.

Students from Phillipines were creative and neat. By this I mean neat and creative in every thing that they did.. from their appearance to the work that they presented in class. Many teachers used to select Filipino students to make charts for the class.

Indian students worked hard to be all-rounders. Mostly they were the ones that used to participate in extra curricular activites be it dancing, karate, singing, acting in a play, debate competitions. Most of the time it was the Indian students working hard for our school concerts and annual days. They used to be among the dancers, singers, actors, hosts.

I should also mention Sudanese students. All the sudanese students that I met were friendly and had some charm in them when they talked.. politeness, decency and friendliness was natural to them. Plus their English language skills were good.

Sri Lankan students displayed great care in avoiding conflicts and maintaining balance in everything they did. Almost all of the students that I knew wanted to be independent. And they used to work for that.

Wonder if similar attributes exist in the overall people of these nations as well?

I think they do. 🙂

Najma Aijaz, 7th March 2012

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My dearest friend Josna wrote a piece for me recently.  I have known her since class 3 at school. We are best friends, it’s only  now that we are geographically far. She is in Bangladesh as of now but resides in U.A.E. while I am in Pakistan.  

So far away… 

It is much the same everywhere,
the shining sun, the glowing moon.
And the countless stars I gaze at.

Almost everyone is here,
uncle, aunt, cousins, nieces and so on.
But I can’t find the peace I had.

On occasions I meet people,
who have loads to say.
Wish there was someone to listen to me instead.

Sometimes I sit talking to myself,
coz I know no one’s there to listen.
And most nights I lay crying on my bed.

Somehow I hope I could stop this pain,
that jabs at my heart & then the soul too.
This pain of being away from you, my friend.

Written by:  Josna 15th February 2012


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My Mask

I wake up in the morning and wear a mask as my covering.

(After that) I smile, even with my eyes. In this fake world no one notices, it’s a lie.

Wearing my mask, allows my heart to become shielded so that there’s no hurt detected.

I talk, I laugh, I socialize. I listen to people criticize.

Living simple and being yourself is out of style, so I wear a mask all the while.

At night, before going to sleep, I remove my mask (damaged by now). I repair it for tomorrow.

I go to sleep being myself assuming that mayb I am one of those who just donnot know how to live.

Najma Aijaz

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