Wednesday, September 28, 2011

lockers in law school.


i have the lowest locker. not only is it the on the very bottom, but its below 5 other lockers. this reminds me of junior high when the cool kids had the prime real estate in top lockers and the losers had the bottom ones.

i was a loser in junior high. and given the locker location rule, im a loser now


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

veggie burger


during preparation, the chef asked if i wanted "lettuce, onions, and tomato" on my veggie patty burger. i said yes. afterwards i thought, "this will be one redundant burger."


Saturday, November 20, 2010

reflections on the janazah prayer.

Bismillah :o)

I had epiphany midway through Namaaz-e-Janaazah. My focus shifted now from the actual prayer to the one ultimate truism: that there is only God and He comes before everything else. It’s quite remarkable how the Almighty has a way of reminding you of this. It comes when you least expect it.

When we pray Namaaz-e-Janaazah, the notion is that we’re pray for the deceased. We ask Allah to forgive the person’s sins, that mercy be administered and the transition to the afterlife be one of ease, culminating to an entry in Jannah.

But the reality of the prayer is quite different than perception. You see, the Namaaz-e- Janazah doesn’t actually begin by praying for the deceased. The prayer itself is comprised of one rakah with 4 takbeerat. The first takbeer is followed by a praise of Allah and a recitation of the Fatiha. Then after the second takbeer, we pray to Allah to send peace and blessings upon the Prophet. It’s only after the third takbeer that we pray to Allah for the deceased, or that which we perceive to be the true purpose of the Namaz-e-Janazah. This is when I had the epiphany.

What exactly did this chronology imply? To me, Allah was essentially reminding us that while we may pray for the deceased, we must do so only after first praising Allah. Such an affirmation serves as a reminder to the one praying that regardless of how aggrieved we are, we must recognize that rightful place of Allah, al-Khaliq, and acknowledge that His Being comes before everything else. The subsequent evocation of the Prophet’s name is another reminder that after Allah and before any other individual comes our love and reverence for Muhammad (in Bukhari a hadith reads “no one can be a true believer without loving me more than his fortune, his children and all people"). Then we pray for the deceased.

Even in these moments of intense pain and grief, Allah reminds us that we are ultimately created to worship Him. The hierarchy is clear. Allah, our raison d’être, always comes first, regardless of the circumstance we’re facing. Then his beloved prophet. Then everything else.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

"idle hands are..."

assalamu alaikum :o)


"idle hands are the devil's playground."

at some point in our lives, we've likely heard this. or at least some variation of it.

start to appreciate time for what it is. its a blessing. take advantage of it and see it as an opportunity to better yourself, be it for the dunya or the akhira.

because each moment we let go without doing something beneficial for ourselves is a moment wasted. each moment that you fail to act, someone else may very well be seizing that opportunity to surpass you, whether it be a fellow classmate studying for an exam in a curved class, a coworker diligently completing his project and earning a promotion, or a fellow brother in humanity earning ajr by feeding a starving child.

do not be distracted or mistaken by the blessing of free time. when the human mind is idle, it tends to engage in thoughts and actions counterproductive to your ultimate goals. stimulate your mind and you'll be in a much better place than you were previously.

our beloved prophet (saw) spoke to this when he said "there are two bounties of allah wherein most people are deceived: health and free time."

call me ryan seacrest. because i am out.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

punjabi poetry

bismillah :o)

mazb dey puttar saaray nay,
magar banday da puttar koye nahin.

mankind zealousy follows religion
yet man lacks the decency of respect and tolerance
then what good is a religion, if it does not teach these things?

your brother.

Friday, November 06, 2009

the coca cola baby polar bear.



were still a few weeks away from the official start of the holiday season. and though we dont celebrate christmas, ive always loved the winter holidays. partly because of the cute baby polar bear we see in coca cola commercials and on their products.

seeing the little baalu evokes feelings of nostalgia for me. heres one of my favorite commericals:

sheik speare.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

aphorisms - 5

assalamu alaikum :o)


'you keep chillin now, you'll thaw out in the hellfire.'
-imam suhaib webb, 9.25.09