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Luqman-The Wise June 30, 2011

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The following post is taken from another blog, source-link of which is http://moralsandethics.wordpress.com/2007/11/09/whose-pleasure-shall-we-seek/

Many, many years ago there lived a scholar called Luqman.

But he was very wise. He was an African who was caught as a slave and sold in another country.Luqman was so wise and respected that a Surah in the Qur’an also is called by his name (Chapter 31).

He gave good advice to his children. His advice is equally good for all the children of the world even today.

Once Luqman said to his son, “Oh son! Do not tie your heart in seeking the pleasure of people. You are not likely to succeed. Do not pay attention to what people say. Instead tell yourself always to seek the pleasure of God.”

Luqman wanted this lesson to be always remembered. Never to be forgotten. He thought of a way. He then told his son to ride a donkey. The son obeyed. The father followed behind on foot. They travelled in this way for some distance. After some distance they came across a group of people. Seeing the son on the donkey, one of them said,

“What an impolite and bad boy. The old father is walking on foot. The young son is comfortably riding on the donkey. This is no manner to show respect to one’s father”.

Father and son heard this. The son came down from the donkey. Luqman rode on the animal. After sometime they came across another group of people. On seeing the father riding the donkey, the elder of the group said,

“Oh you old man! This is not the way to bring up a son. You make him walk in the hot sun, while you sit comfortably on the donkey.”

Luqman paid attention to what the people said. He came down from the donkey. Both father and son walked on foot. The donkey walked in front. They went a little further. People seeing them, said,

“How foolish you are? You walk behind a donkey. Why don’t you ride it?”

Luqman and his son once again accepted what the people said. They both rode the donkey and went further. They came across a river. There was a bridge to be crossed. Some people were sitting there. They saw Luqman and his son riding the donkey.

One of them said, “It is very unkind and cruel of you two to ride on the poor donkey. The little animal can hardly take all your burden.”

So taking this advice Luqman and his son dismounted from the donkey. They travelled a little distance further. Looking very lovingly Luqman said to his son, “You have heard and seen what the people said. It must have assured you, by now, that whatever you do or whichever way you move, one is not able to please the people of the world.” He pointed at the flowing river and added,“

A person can build a wall across the river. It will stop the flow of the water. But it is not possible to shut the mouth of the people from criticism.”

Very clearly, similar is the case in our world today. The tongue has no bone. It can speak even without thought. There are as many opinions as there are people in the world. It is very bad to find fault with the other person. Especially when he is doing something good.

A person can feel very hurt when he listens to all the tongues that talk loose. To avoid getting hurt by loose talk, a person can train himself. He can discipline himself to think.

By thinking he can know what is wrong and void. When a person is sure that what he is doing will please his Master, the Almighty Allah, then he must never worry what others speak


Chicken Fried Rice June 19, 2011

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Living abroad without family means trying different cuisine outside. “Chicken Fried Rice”, though not very new to me at the time when I tried it in a Pakistani restaurant in Sharjah, became a reason for my addiction to it. I ordered it regularly to figure out what ingredients the chef is using to prepare that extremely tasty fried rice. I tried it at home and yes, found myself successful. I figured out that it doesn’t require much ingredients and is too simple to make. So what was the key item which was making it unique? It was the use of chikken tikka, instead of boiled/normally cooked chicken. Here is its recipe

For 2 persons
Two chest piece Tikka
Rice (3 Cups)
Carrot 1
Capsicum 1
Eggs 2
Black Pepper/Salt/Oil as per requirement

1. Boil the rice until water is soaked and evaporated. For better taste don’t boil to the extent that it becomes too soft
2. Cut capsicum and carrot in small pieces
3. Cut chicken tikka into small pieces (approx. 2 inch pieces)
4. If tikka isn’t available, boil the chicken and fry the pieces in little quantity of oil (approx 2 table spoons). Put any other masala (shan’s karahi,tikka etc) over it and fry it until it turns light brown (though it can’t be the exact alternative of tikka)
5. Beat the eggs
6. Now all the ingredients are ready to be mixed.
7. Put 2 table spoons oil and heat it, as per the space available in the fry pan, put rice, beaten egg, capsicum, carrot and chicken. Put them in such a way that they can be mixed easily.
8. Put black pepper powder over it
9. Take it out in a container
10. Best served with raita (yougurt with chili, cumin seeds and mint)

Nonsense March 17, 2011

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We all do some actions which we later find preposteurus. We do them thinking they are the only option we have and are perhaps the most sensible actions. These nonsense acts are driven by our instinct and habit instead of logical thinking. But, since we all possess subnormal intelligence, it make sense to do nonsense act. Without further confusing myself I just come straight to what I am going to write this time. I just happened to start counting some very nonsense act I do in my routine, and have reached to a conclusion that ‘I might need to take some drastic steps to keep them countable’. I wonder why I;

-Press the elevator call button second time when I know I have already pressed it
-Press the door-close button multiple times in elevators, when I know the door has already started closing
-Frisk myself to search for pen, when somebody ask for it and I am damn sure I don’t have it
-Cross the road from the point which is only few meters away from the zebra crossing
-Wear the shirt which I didn’t like at the first sight, but since I get confused I give it a benefit-of-confusion and wear it finally
-Take blanket after switching on the air conditioner
-Always press snooze button to take 5 minutes extra sleep knowing that I always get late to office with 5 minutes

And the list continues…

Karachi before partition March 17, 2011

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Seeing life from a different angle December 24, 2010

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I finished my Corporate Reporting paper of ACCA with a usual feeling of regret that I could have done better had I at least revised xyz topics. As I started looking around in order to divert my attention from the regretful thoughts, headache and empty stomach, suddenly I saw a young lady on the 3rd row to my left, still writing. Surprised I was, as the ACCA do not allow to let you write once the examination is over. A closed glance at her revealed something which made me forget all my regrets and pain. She was given extra time because of her disability. The lady had only one eye and that is so weak that she was actually using a magnifying glass to see through properly what she was writing. Admired with her dedication to reach to the professional level stage, I couldn’t believe seeing her giving one of the toughest paper of the ACCA. It also reminded me of a video I saw on internet about an inspiring motivational speaker Nick Vuijic, who without arms and legs defeated all the hurdles to achieve his dreams

I wondered, how come somebody with some disabilities and shortfalls can ignore the hardship of life. After pondering over the issue I concluded that the key thought which which can lead to make the things turn around and if it gets developed inside us, would change our perspective of seeing the life . The key thought was that if we continue to cry for what we don’t have, there are possibilities that we would lose what we already have. It may sound like something very simple thought but, for a change in perspective, this thought has to be cultivated in your character.

There are some rules which we can learn from such admirable people, who, with lesser capabilities than us, teaches how to be content and thankful. I have tried to put myself in their position and have come up with some rules which if applied could become the underpinning rules for a happy and content life. They are;

1) In all situation, see the glass half full, instead of seeing half empty

2) Never think that unfavourable circumstances would never provide you the alternate solution. You might find something better than you had expected

3) Stop looking up, instead look down

4) Life is short, so the comfort period in it is shorter. Make the best use of your good times

5) Don’t listen to negative thoughts. Either from inside or outside. Your inside has to learn how to see things in a positive way whereas the outside don’t understand you completely and;

6) Stop regretting for not having what you desired. You can’t control everything, so make the best use of what is available to you