Random Pauses

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

It's like an encompassing gaseous cloud. Embedded within the cloud are experiences of all sorts including delightful, challenging, terrifying, and neutral experiences. Those who enter this cloud soon forget that it is a mere cloud. The availability of varied and seemingly infinite experiences causes them to delve from one endeavour to the next. But sometimes, if we are so fortunate, we come across some segments that are free or sparsely filled with either invitations to experience or with evidence of negligence. These are where jewels are born and maintained. These are rare pockets that must be sought and cherished.

February 22, 2011


How freely we throw around words, labels, and names. Calling one this and one that, defining them by choices in letter arrangements. Friend or foe, but one syllable yet a world of difference. Is "human" not a sufficient compromise?

September 13, 2011


What does it mean to have a home? It is a place of sakinah that is very easy to take for granted. A home is not only a roof over one's head nor is it only a table laden with familiar foods, but rather it is a place of comfort. It is where strangeness escapes and hearts settle. It's where one's mask to world rests and one's heart eases. Homelessness, as I'm framing it now, is not the absence of necessities as much as it is the absence of sakinah.

May 7, 2012


A woman might look at her beauty as a thing of her own accord, her personal quality to boast about, and yet she had no choice in the matter. Neither in the shape of her face nor in the ovals of her eyes. Her choices of adornment, though her own, are meager efforts to flaunt her beauty. Her character, however, is something that she governs, and only in its expression can we find the strength of her being and the value of her self-mastery.

July 22, 2012

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"Do you think that you will enter the Paradise without such (trials) as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity and were so shaken in spirit that even the Apostle and those of faith who were with him cried: 'When (will come) the help of God?' Ah! Verily the help of God is (always) near!" [2:214]



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"Be mindful of God, and God will protect you. Be mindful of God, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of God. If you seek help, seek help of God. Know that if the whole world were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that God had already prescribed for you. And if the whole world were to gather together to harm you, it would harm you only with something that God has already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the ink has dried."
--Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him]