February 20, 2006

Ramblings….

Posted in Randumb at 7:43 am by Iram

I think it’s very important to have structure in your life. That’s not a very profound statement, but it has a lot to do with a bunch of problems I’ve been facing recently. With school pretty much over, and an overly flexible work schedule, I think I’m turning into more of a slacker than I would like to admit. When I used to have early morning class, I would have to get out of bed and get myself dressed and out the door whether I liked it or not. But now, when my boss couldn’t care less what time I show up to work, and my only class is at 4 in the afternoon, it’s way to easy to hit the snooze button one, two, five, ten, twenty times without giving it a second thought. It’s becoming a very bad habit: stay up late, sleep late, don’t get much done during the day, stay up late again thinking about all the things I meant to do and didn’t do and wondering where all the time went, and following the whole cycle again. I really don’t know what to do with myself. And then, when you have such a relaxed life schedule, little things don’t get done as quickly as they should. It’s almost like when you have all the time in the world, you never have the time to do what really needs to get done because you always figure that you’ll have time to do it later. I don’t know where I’m going with this, except that I felt compelled to post my thoughts online because it was only after realizing how long a gap there was between today and my last post that this entire train of thought came to me. I guess the moral of the story is that even if I have the next ten years of my life planned out, that’s not enough. I have to have a direction that I’m heading towards every single day in order to be able to accomplish anything at all. I guess it was best worded on a posted that used to be on the wall of my second grade classroom: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there.”

 Just a bit of self-reflection…

February 10, 2006

10th of Muharram

Posted in Randumb at 2:15 am by Iram

Ashura is a day of great historical significance. On this day: Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) accepted the repentance of Sayyidina Adam (‘Alaihis-Salaam) after his exile from Paradise; Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) saved Sayyidina Nuh (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his companions in the ark; Allah extinguished the fire in which Sayyidina Ibrahim (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was thrown by Nimrod; And Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) spoke directly to Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and gave him the Commandments. On this same 10th of Muharram, Sayyidina Ayyub (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored to health (from leprosy); Sayyidina Yusuf (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was reunited with his father Ya’qub (‘Alaihis-Salaam); Sayyidina Yunus (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was taken out from the belly of the fish; and the sea was divided as the nation of israel was delivered from captivity and Pharoah’s army was destroyed. ‘Ashura is also the day when Sayyidina Dawud (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was forgiven; the kingdom of Sulaiman (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was restored; Sayyidina Isa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) was raised to Jannah and Sayyidina al-Husayn (Radiyallahu ‘anh) (the Holy Prophet’s, Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam, grandson) achieved the honor of Martyrdom.

Some interesting piece of Islamic information…

February 8, 2006

The cartoons

Posted in Iramville at 7:14 pm by Iram

All I have to say in response is this:

I can understand, and even forgive, a person’s genuine ignorance when it comes to a religion other than their own, but flagrant disrespect? I mean, come on! Would Christians be happy if I drew a picture of Jesus pumping oil out of a well in Iraq and eating crackers and cheese and wine while at the same time handing out stale bread to poor, emaciated Muslim families and claiming to have brought equality to that part of the world? And the funny thing is, we wouldn’t be able to find out the Christian response because I respect Jesus way to much to publish something as demeaning. Somewhere in my idealistic mind, I believe that all humans are capable of reciprocating such respect for the other world religions. I guess the big questions is, did a whole generation of individuals never have their mothers teach them the meaning of the word respect?

February 6, 2006

Oil companies

Posted in Randumb at 10:19 pm by Iram

If you think oil company profits are obscene, buy stock in the oil companies

February 5, 2006

Houston Auto Show

Posted in Iramville at 3:19 pm by Iram

I went to the Houston auto show today, and I thought that the coolest exhibit ever was this guy on this really cool looking chair. He had a collection of mini racing flags sticking out of the back of his hat, was colorfully dressed, and had a little dog in his lap dressed in a bandana and sunglasses. The man and his dog were flying round and round in circles, and since they were by a Jeep exhibit I thought they were displaying some new technology implemented in car seats that allow them to swivle or absorb shock better. Then, just as I was about to snap a picture of the pair, I realized that this man wasn’t a part of the exhibit after all. He was simply a very cheerful handicapped man who was showing off his new motorized wheelchair to the Jeep attendant.

February 3, 2006

Crickets

Posted in Randumb at 5:17 am by Iram

What do cricket, as in the bug, and cricket, as in the game, have in common????

February 2, 2006

Great quote

Posted in Randumb at 3:20 am by Iram

“dont hate mariachis just cuz they dont do songs in pakistani or whatever”