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What if… May 30, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in Random Musings.
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Asalaamu Alaikum

What if the sky was pink instead of blue? Would the world function any differently? Would there be any sort of change at all? Would I look up at the sky and wonder what if the sky was blue?

What if I had been born one year earlier or one year later? Would I be the same? Would it make any sort of difference to my life? I guess it would, I would have different friends, I would be doing something totally different right now and I’m pretty sure this blog wouldn’t exist… well there’s another ‘what if…’

What if I was born ‘back home’? Lived in good ol’ Kashmir. Would I think the same? Would I have the same interests, ambitions, perceptions of the world? Would I even know what an ambition is? Or would I just go along with the stereo-typical roles they place on people over there? Would I be following my deen? If so would I be following it properly? Or would I sucked into the bid’ah and shirk that is rife back there?

What if I had been born a non Muslim? Would I find my way to the deen, or would I just remain lost in my own ignorance. Would Allah still choose to guide me? If so I wonder how I would face my struggles.

The great ‘what ifs…’

What if, ‘what ifs…’ didn’t exist? And we didn’t have the ability to imagine the great unknown. Would we just settle for what we have, no complaints, no nothing? Would we be less motivated to achieve our goals? What if…?

SubhanAllah pondering on what might have been is not really a good idea sometimes, but it had made me appreciate what has been given to me. Alhamdulillah, Allah has chosen to guide me and that my friends, is the best thing in the world!

Wasalaam

The dog, driver and me May 22, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in General.
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Asalaamu Alaikum,

I almost got run over!

I made my way to the shop today, as usual day dreaming. I was walking up the street, when all of a sudden I see a black thing coming at me from the corner of my eye. I turned to look – an ugly black dog. As though an automatic reaction I jumped into the middle of the road, a car was coming as well. The car stopped – Alhamdulillah. The driver and passenger didn’t half give me a weird look. As soon as I jumped on the road, I start laughing to myself, whilst in my head I was like Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah!

This is like the second time I have ran into the middle of the road, because of a dog. Only the time before it was a busy road! >_

Well what can I say, a true paki/kashmiri reaction! Come on all pakis are scared of dogs!

Tajweed Rules! May 21, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Islam, Tajweed.
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Asalaamu Alaikum

Tajweed of the Quran is the study of getting the correct pronunciation when reciting it so that the meaning comes out as intended by Quran.

One of my aims in life is to learn Tajweed and memorize the Quran. Even though I haven’t really made any real efforts to accomplish my aim, InshaAllah one day!

A while back I got a colour coded Tajweed Quran. I have to say it is really good (though I have a lot of difficulty understanding it). It highlights all the places where you have to apply certain rules, such as nasal sounds, elongations of the letters etc. I have read the meaning of each rule and well to be totally honest I don’t really understand them all. So far I only understand the red (pronouncing certain letters that have a sukun on them with a jerking sound) Its quite difficult to apply each rule, I find my self turning back to the definitions page each time I encounter a word that needs a rule applied.

I always used to say, I’ma learn Tajweed one day InshaAllah, but I never realised how accurate you have to be. I used to listen to Quran recitation to try and better my pronunciation but it’s only when you know that there’s a rule that applies here that you realise it when you’re listening to the recitation.

So far my quest to learn Tajweed is not going to well. Just getting a colour coded Quran is not enough. I have two main problems:

1) I have no teacher, to teach me the rules and listen to my pronunciation. I need to find a place that teaches Tajweed, but I haven’t been successful so far. Saying that, I haven’t made much of an effort looking. I can’t just say I need to find a place that teaches Tajweed and then not look for one.

2) College and other stuff have got in the way of me learning properly. I haven’t really looked at the Quran for a long time. I try to read the translation everyday, but I haven’t read the Arabic for a long, long time. One of the problems is that now that I have a colour coded Quran, when I am reading it I feel so bad, because I know that I am reading wrong. It just puts me of all together. Plus exams coming up means I have been really tied up with college work and revision

InshaAllah one of my plans for summer is to take active steps to find a place that runs Tajweed classes. Until then, I need to start making more of an effort, download some simple, clear recitation that I can follow and not shy of from reading the Quran – face my fears basically!

The path of life… May 10, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Random Musings, Writings.
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Asalaamu Alaikum,

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and before you know it your alone. You realise everyone around you, though there are still there have disappeared. Once upon a time they occupied a place in you heart, now that place is empty. Friends come, friends go but in the end you have no one but yourself.

The path that was once so clear is now blurred and each time you take a step you wonder which direction it will take you. No one said the journey would be easy, but for some reason you always thought it would be.

Each time you’re faced with a struggle you try to take the easy way out until finally you have no other option but to face you fears. Its then when you try to stand up bravely, overcome all the obstacles of life that you tried so hard to ignore, but a lifetime of ease has made you weak and so you fail miserably.

It’s then when you question yourself, do you go on, do you keep on fighting? Or do you once again take the easy option- take a back seat and let others dictate your life?