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Random thoughts on my mind:

 

  • I hate how once you’re tagged as “religious” every word out of your mouth is seen as preaching. Any opinion you offer is seen as an attempt to convert people. You, however, as a religious and therefore ignorant, narrow-minded, ass-backwards individual are subjected to the double-standard that is the modern-day education system and all and sundry’s opinions are shoved down your preaching throat. And don’t you dare, not for a second, consider retaliating with an opinion! ‘Cause then you’d be preaching and, God forbid, imposing on other people’s space… and so the cycle is perpetuated.
  • I try to ponder the situation in the middle east and all I get is static silence. My brain has nothing. Painful hope and overwhelming fear fill me, but no coherent thought.
  • I Can Not Live Without A Car. Repeat: CAN NOT LIVE. As in DIE.
  • Exercise and I have become somewhat separated… and by somewhat I mean I haven’t stepped foot in the gym in about five months. No wait. I lie. I went once… half an hour of panting on the treadmill and I had to drag my sorry, abused butt out of there to cry in the car. This is not good. Not Good. At All.
  • Housekeeping? I don’t like it. I cook, and I cook quite well. But laundry? Bathrooms? Floors? Shoot me. It would be the less painful of the two.
  • Victoria’s secret is opening up in Calgary… the real-deal not that preteen Pink store. And I can’t figure out when. I die.
  • Everybody asks how marriage is. It’s fine, it’s wonderful, it’s great – and I’m not just saying that. Yes we misunderstand-argue-clash-claw-tear up-apologize-profess our endless love-and repeat quite a bit, and yes there are times when I want to headdesk the bejezuz outta my brain but it’s worth every damn second because we’re doing it together and it’s forever, inshaAllah.
  • Marriage is good for the bank account. Forget what everyone says, I’ve saved more money since I tied the knot than I ever have in my 22 years before marriage.
  • Which reminds me. I’m turning 23. I don’t know why that seems so old.

And I’m out! Have a meeting to plan Calgary’s 2011 Women’s Eid Banquet! Great initiative. Great stuff.

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Calgary Barbies

Oh. My. God. Disturbingly true… but oh, so funny!

Calgary Barbies. If you’re from Calgary, a highly elitist city I might add, you’ll shake your head on the one hand and cringe in shame for knowing it’s true on the other.

Enjoy!

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Constrained Writing

It’s been so long since I’ve written anything meaningful. I mean, sure, I’ve been updating my personal journal periodically, but I feel stagnated; as a writer, I am neither developing nor progressing. In part it might be due to egotism. Score a high grade on an Eng Lit course, bag compliments from all and sundry and your ego will swell accordingly. But, conversely, I feel as though this increased egotism has resulted in an increased skepticism in my own work. I’ve become more critical than ever before. Every sentence is examined excruciatingly, flayed bit by bit, picked at and mulled over.

There is a solution, thankfully. First, this is unedited. Raw. I’ll accept what I am, what I can write and grow from there. Second, I’ve been recently introduced to constrained writing. William’s taking English again and he’s delighted to be the first to introduce me to this form of writing.

The first: writing without repeating a single word. Apparently, it has been done before. There is a book, the title of which eludes me.

The second: writing using only one vowel or, univocalic writing. The Canadian poet, Christian Bok’s best selling Eunoia takes this on, conquering a vowel in each of its five chapters. Interesting side note, eunoia, which means beautiful thoughts, is the shortest word to contain all five vowels. Pretty cool, eh?

In a sense, I’m reminded of twitter. I’m sure you’re all familiar, but you’re meant to convey your thoughts, actions, opinion, ideas and all in 140 characters or less! While you may initially think that amount more than sufficient, you’ll be surprised to learn that you have to get creative very quick.

Well I already tweet, so coming up next is univocalic writing…. I wonder which vowel to choose??

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An Awful Knowing

It’s been likened, quite disgustingly, to the warm, wet feeling when you pee in the swimming pool (a practice I strongly advise against, people); only you can feel it, and you really can’t tell anybody because you shouldn’t have peed in the first place!

I guess the point I’m belabouring here is when you’re told something, or find something out that you really have no business knowing. It’s when you know something you’re not supposed to know, and that knowing keeps you up at night, consumed with wishing you didn’t know and wondering how you can forget what you now know. I didn’t want to know. I feel like this knowing has violated me, tainted my mind in a silent and forceful manner. I can’t pretend I don’t know, when I do. And I can’t say I know, when I shouldn’t!

“O you who believe! avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy nor let some of you backbite others. Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, surely Allah is Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful.” (49:12)

I guess this warm, wet, icky feeling is my penance. Only time can tell at this point.

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Live Long and Prosper, Canada

I think this is the second or third year this winter tire commercial comes on, and I still laugh uproariously each and every time. In fact, it came on the other day while Mr. S&S was being manly with the thermostat. He must have heard the tell-tale signs of genius, because he came running (literally) and practically fell to his knees when he realized he had just missed it.. Oh,  Midas ❤

Anywho, this is for all the non-Canadians who probably have to withstand the harsh winter cold without this endearing touch of humour. Or wait. You non-Canadians probably don’t even have to withstand said harsh, cold winters…. well, then. Regardless. Watch.

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Luqmaan’s Ten ‘Commandments’

In the Holy Quran, our Ummah is presented with precious pearls of wisdom; advice that, were we to adhere to it, we would surely regain our place as a strong, unified Ummah. One such advice is given in the form of Prophet Luqman’s advice to his son:

وَإِذْ قَالَ لُقْمَانُ لابْنِهِ وَهُوَ يَعِظُهُ يَبُنَىَّ لاَ تُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ إِنَّ الشِّرْكَ لَظُلْمٌ عَظِيمٌ – وَوَصَّيْنَا الإِنْسَـنَ بِوَلِدَيْهِ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ وَهْناً عَلَى وَهْنٍ وَفِصَالُهُ فِى عَامَيْنِ أَنِ اشْكُرْ لِى وَلِوَلِدَيْكَ إِلَىَّ الْمَصِيرُ – وَإِن جَـهَدَاكَ عَلَى أَن تُشْرِكَ بِى مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ فَلاَ تُطِعْهُمَا وَصَـحِبْهُمَا فِى الدُّنْيَا مَعْرُوفاً وَاتَّبِعْ سَبِيلَ مَنْ أَنَابَ إِلَىَّ ثُمَّ إِلَىَّ مَرْجِعُكُمْ فَأُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تَعْمَلُونَ- يبُنَىَّ إِنَّهَآ إِن تَكُ مِثْقَالَ حَبَّةٍ مِّنْ خَرْدَلٍ فَتَكُنْ فِى صَخْرَةٍ أَوْ فِى السَّمَـوَتِ أَوْ فِى الاٌّرْضِ يَأْتِ بِهَا اللَّهُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَطِيفٌ خَبِيرٌ – يبُنَىَّ أَقِمِ الصَّلَوةَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ وَاصْبِرْ عَلَى مَآ أَصَابَكَ إِنَّ ذَلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الاٍّمُورِ – وَلاَ تُصَعِّرْ خَدَّكَ لِلنَّاسِ وَلاَ تَمْشِ فِى الاٌّرْضِ مَرَحاً إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ – وَاقْصِدْ فِى مَشْيِكَ وَاغْضُضْ مِن صَوْتِكَ إِنَّ أَنكَرَ الاٌّصْوَتِ لَصَوْتُ الْحَمِيرِ

  1. “O my son! Join not in worship others with Allah. Verily, joining others in worship with Allah is a great Zulm (wrong) indeed.”
  2. And We have enjoined on man (to be dutiful and good) to his parents.
  3. “O my son! If it be (anything) equal to the weight of a grain of mustard seed, and though it be in a rock, or in the heavens or on the earth, Allah will bring it forth. Verily, Allah is Subtle, Well-Aware.”
  4. “O my son! Perform the Salah…
  5. ….Enjoin the good, and forbid the evil…
  6. …and bear with patience whatever befalls you…. Verily, these are some of the important commandments.”
  7. “And turn not your face away from men with pride
  8. …nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allah likes not any arrogant boaster.”
  9. “And be moderate in your walking
  10. …and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the braying of the asses.”

Here you go Z. May Allah bless is with the strength required to put action behind these weighty words.

As a side note, isn’t Luqmaan an absolutely beautiful name?? Um Luqmaan? Hmmm.. it does have quite a ring to it, don’t it? 😉

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Perception by Robin Torgerson

Perception

Do not judge me by my outer appearance.
…But look deep into my soul.
For it is there that you will see who I am.
Our bodies are but cases
that protects our heart from physical pain.
But it cannot protect us from words.
Think before you speak words that
will cause a heart to hurt.
And if you love someone,
surround that heart gently with caring.
A loving heart is given completely,
in trust and faith
that it will be guarded for all time.

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