This blog post is almost a continuation of my last blog post Ijaz Ahmed Khan – comparing a good word with a good tree.. Thinking it would be too long for you all, I decided to break them up into two. So, here it is, I know I’m late by a few minutes, but you know how life is these days! Yes, a bit crazy. But, here I am!
Now you know why, I chose this location of B 17 for our saplings, because firstly, the saplings would be well taken care of, and specially it would be in memory of a person, whom I got too late to thank, in real life. So, please do say a prayer for Ijaz Khan, and do not ever take so long in going out of your way to thank those who went out of their way to make life easier for you!
Continue reading “Words, Deeds and Trees…”
July 2018 thoughts…
I guess, I better accept that real life isn’t so streamlined. Half the year is over, I’m already behind schedule on lots of things. But then, I’ve also done a lot of things which were not in the ‘schedule’ but far more important; like engagement of my youngest daughter Waliya. Giving time to my second daughter Nadiya, who was leaving the country, moving for Canada. Also, to help get gifts for poor children studying in CSS school, and specially taking care of my elderly parents. So, I guess it is okay.
In July, we need to re-align ourselves to our primary goals.
Right now, in July here are the most important issues. I know you have a busy life too. But these matters mentioned below won’t take more than two days each! So, do look it up very seriously. Please read it while thinking ‘how can I do it?’ Just as I’m thinking the same while writing it:
- Rain water control at domestic and community level, during monsoon.
- Tree plantation.
- My life these days.
Continue reading “Rain water control, tree plantation, elections and my life.”
Activities of last ten days of Ramzan.
During last ten days of Ramzan, it seems both type of people put on another gear! The worldly types move towards the bazaars and shops and more iftar parties. The shopping areas, and roads are packed till late night. The spiritual types completely detach themselves, and go into ‘aitekaaf’. It is a self-proclaimed detachment from worldly life and focussing on Allah. Spending time only on prayer and meditation for last ten days of Ramzan till Eid. During that time, one goes into searching for one’s inner self.
Continue reading “Ramzan, CSS school and Art classes 2018”
Somehow, you always receive more than you give!
This topic is so close to my heart, I don’t know where to start! I suppose charity begins with empathy. Yet there are so many beginnings to it.
Why give charity? It can be any of these reasons:
- To help others out of their dilemmas.
- To thank Allah for all that He has blessed you with.
- It is the best way to bring your own problems into perspective.
- It is the best anti-depressant, and diffuser of sadness. An instant mood booster.
- A financial booster. (I’ll explain in a while.)
Continue reading “Joy of Charity Work”
It is important to begin this month right!
So, with great hype and resolutions we started Ramzan. Weather has been amazing in Islamabad, I’ve had days without fans even. Yes, I know, it has touched forties in Karachi and other parts of the country. Anyhow, as usual, it is miraculously possible to keep the fast, and we actually manage pretty well.
Then suddenly, you realize that you have to be careful. After the first thrill you realize it is not so easy either. Specially the sleep pattern is very disturbed.
Your charity resolutions need to be executed properly. The most important thing is that you’ve got to start quickly with whatever you have planned. What happens is that ‘the early bird is already there!’
Continue reading “First Week of Ramzan”
Positive work going on in the Capital, April 2018.
Somehow, my weekends are so interesting. Getting invited to several events, I choose the ones which are constructive and relaxing too. Each of the events I’m sharing here, deserve separate blogs, yet I’m afraid they may get over-run by upcoming events.
So, let’s go over these briefly:
Allama Iqbal’s death anniversary on April 21st. 2018:
It was a function arranged at The Hive in Blue Area. The Hive is a place for small events. You know I love young people, so I was happy at least they had done something on such an important day.
As I parked my car, I saw a young man hurrying towards the stairs of the building. So, I followed, and found the place, with his help. Then, he said, ‘You have taught me in school!’ I smiled at the dashing young man. I love to see my students all grown up! So, it turned out I had taught him history in ICAS probably in grade seven or eight, for a few months in 2004. So, I asked him to sit with me in the front row. We decided to remain connected. So, he sent me a friend’s request on Facebook, while we waited for the program to begin, (we saw we have 27 common friends!) Hisham Muzaffar is doing his M.Phil at PIDE (Pakistan Institute of Developmental Economics,) inDevelopmental Economics. Khurram Ilahi the speaker of the day on Iqbal, has taught Hisham in PIDE.
Continue reading ” On Iqbal’s Stray Reflections, PEF and PANA”
by Usman and his friends – and how we can help them achieve their goal.
While Facebook is the bane of all jokes, yet its usefulness cannot be denied. There are many youngsters who have left it and gone on to Instagram and other greener pastures. – Hopefully those pastures have less of the ‘old cronies’ like myself in them! Anyhow, since I followed the youth on Instagram, I was approached by Usman. He said, ‘I felt I had to contact you as you seem to be the kind of person who could support us. I felt very humbled in front of all that he has achieved. Anyhow, I offered to go over to his school and see what it is all about.
They have built a school for poor street children. They pay the rent for it and give them uniforms, books and have provided teachers for them. These young people have actually taken the children off the streets and given them something to be proud of, an education. The children are not only getting educated but also are getting ‘tarbiyat’ or grooming for a better life ahead.
Continue reading “Community Services School”
My friend Riffat Naim had come from Lahore to stay with me, to attend a couple of conferences. Of course I opted to drive her around, and ended up in Gymkhana Club of Rawalpindi on 11th of March – over 30 km from my home.
Now that I was there, I thought I might as well enjoy it. My friend tried her best to push me into the projects too, but I was avoiding, as I’m already knee deep in my own projects, and don’t need any diversions at this point. I took along my books and cards to share my friend’s table of Strawberry jams. She makes jams and chutneys which are amazing.
The speeches were to begin inside the hall, so we walked in:
There were several speeches by each member. Shameem Kazmi head of the ABPAW ( Association of Business, Professional and Agricultural women ) started on a very light note, and later became serious. She said that the root cause for women’s problems is in this order:
- Ignorance – jahiliyat. Lack of knowledge which gives her fears, insecurities and lack of confidence.
- Financial and economic weakness. Even when she gets any money she hands it over to others with her generosity, ending up as a pauper again. She needs to learn the value her own earnings. She needs to keep her money within her own control.
- Power of decision making in matters affecting her own life. This includes choice of field of education, career, marriage partner, number of children, choice of professions and so on.
- Dowry: Most women are themselves guilty of propagating this criminal ‘tradition’. Every parent likes to send off their child with something, but it must not be obligatory, nor should it be demanded.
- Corruption: Stop corruption done by your husband. You are in-charge of your home, and make sure nothing illegal is brought into it.
Shameem ended her speech by Habib Jalib where he asks everyone to light his own candle,
” ….. Apnay hissay ki shama jalaein.”
Continue reading “International Women’s day celebrated with ABPAW”