May 14, 2018

Ahad Ahad …

by Khanum

Bismillah. It is 2:13 AM here, and what in the name of Allah am I doing here?

Well, I’m sitting on my bed, smiling to my adult self like a child, who is extremely and thoroughly pleased with herself for coming home. 🙂 Before me is my first baby blog, where I have moved back. Did I not tell you I am closing down khanumsays.com the domain? What a relief it has been to come to this decision. Yes, yes,! I cannot explain the happiness and lightness I am feeling in my being for embracing my simple wordpress blog and leaving the giant domain that I had purchased for God knows what reasons. It will be gone by May next year as the package expires. And you know what? After going through such lovely old posts on my original blog, there’s something I would love to share, once again, to commemorate the essence of Khanumsays.

Ahad Ahad… Now posted for the second time. The only post, to be shared twice on Khanumsays.


Why shed these tears of sorrow?

Why shed these tears of grief? Ya nafsy how soon you forget, After trials come sweet relief

Why turn you from Ar-Rahman? Why yearn for a listening friend? Ya nafsy, do you not remember, On ALLAH (SWT), you must depend?

Have you not read those stories, Of the trials in days gone by, Of the Sahaba beloved by ALLAH (SWT), Who for ALLAH (SWT)’s cause did strive?

Why loosen your hold upon Him? Why fling away, His outstretched Hand? Ya nafsy, do you not remember, Bilal’s Sabr on the blazing sand? “

“Ahad! Ahad!” He cried, While his flesh did drip and burn. “Ahad! Ahad!” He cried, To ALLAH (SWT) alone he turned.

Have you forgotten the firmness of Hamza, As the gleaming swords did fall? With Sabr he turned to ALLAH (SWT), As the Quraish did slice and maul.

Why drown in salty tear drops? How can you dare compare your pain? To that of Yasir and Summayah, As they lay tortured on the scorching plain?

Have you forgotten the charring of Khabbab, As on burning coals he lay? Ya nafsy how meager your suffering, Wherefore do you lose your way?

Why befriend you not Al-Wali? Why not in Salaah to Him complain? Like Job who only to Allah, Turned in all his grief and pain?

Forget you that trials in this life, Cleanse your heart and make it clean? Ya nafsy, why all this sadness? Do you not wish your heart to gleam?

Be patient in all your hardships, ALLAH (SWT) hears your cries of woe. So trust Him and His Hikmah, For He knows best and not you.

So tighten your hold upon Him, Lest He withdraw His outstretched Hand! And remember the example of Bilal, As he lay anchored on the blazing sand.

“Ahad! Ahad!” he cried, While his flesh did drip and burn. “Ahad! Ahad!” he cried, To ALLAH (SWT) alone he turned.

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May 13, 2018

Carissa Carandas: We have a genius plant and I didn’t even know.

by Khanum

Plants will surprise you. – Me.

Khanum enjoys story telling, so sit comfortably with a cup of tea and enjoy this short narrative.

What happened today may not happen tomorrow, what happens tomorrow, has not happened so far. 

I have no idea what I just typed, but I am going to leave that fancy wisdom as it is and continue writing about plants.

Bismillah. It surprises me sometimes, how the very small details elude us while we are searching for the big moments and breakthroughs. It so happened today evening that I decided to share a a video of a new plant at our home. I googled its name again to confirm I had it right. Sometime later, an impulse to get to know the plant more had me read through some facts about it. Probably, because I was not satisfied with posting just a picture of it. Who posts just the picture of a plant? It felt so empty and like a missing-the-point kind of a moment. So, naturally, I did the most bravest thing we all do to get things right. We ask google.

Here are some interesting facts that added to my knowledge of the plant, and I’m sure will add to yours, too.

  1. The fresh juice of the fruit of Carissa Carandas is consumed daily in dose of 15-20 ml to strengthen the cardiac muscles.
  2. It produces berry sized fruits 🍒 and is supposed to grow like a small tree.
  3. It is an Ayurvedic plant used for the treatment of acidity, indigestion, fresh and infected wounds, skin diseases, urinary disorder and diabetic ulcer.
  4. The fresh fruit is used to prepare, jam, jelly and even pickles.
  5. The paste prepared from the leaf or bark is applied over fresh wounds for its treatment.

SubhanAllah, the ways in which Allah benefits us through plants and animals.

As I type this, I cannot help but form an analogy which spoke to me the moment I learnt, how much I didn’t know about this plant. We go by things, objects, and even our people, without noticing how special they are. Let’s not go far, in fact, it can very well begin by our own selves. We spend years with ourselves, without really being familiar with our true essence or nature. Getting to know ‘you’ is a process, it deserves to be continued till our last breath, along with getting to know our surroundings.

 

 

The lesson I learnt was to pay more attention towards little things, they have a lot to say. And get to know myself better.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be an Eiffel tower like huge thing that gets our attention, but sometimes, even the smallest of the bug with its beautiful golden color, has a lot to make us wonder about our blessings, and reflect upon the ways of Our Creator.

Now, the main event. It was bought for Rs 200 only. Quite inexpensive given its uses, and beauty. But it will take it years to grow tall. So a lot of love and care has to go in.

As I said, plants will surprise you.

 

May 11, 2018

Google’s Duplex and my peaked interest in AI

by Khanum

Or is it piqued? Aaa, never mind.

Just now over the Facebook, I came across a news shared by my cousin brother. He had made some horrified, stupefied and awe struck emoticons with a message to his friend to go through Google’s demonstration video. I saw and was left awe struck myself.

Google is onto it’s way to revolutionize the way we work, interact and live. Anyone with AI secretary at their disposal in the future, can literally rest all day, and the AI secretary will make all your appointments like a human, take care of all your online and offline chores, possibly and depict the perfect picture of a well advanced future. All of this reminded me of Will Smith’s I, ROBOT movie. We all know AI is going to take over, right?

Right.

Having said that, I am quite motivated to look further into this matter because I realized, how fast the world is going. My questions are:

  1. How will this breakthrough in the science/programming field, affect other fields of study?
  2. Are other subjects such as arts, humanities and my own degree in Mass Communication now somehow lagging behind while scientists, programmers and software engineers are taking over the world by the storm?
  3. Amusingly, like philosophy, that has taken a back seat in the recent years where as it was once the top subject to study, is it possible that in the coming years, decades, some arts and humanities subjects could become totally obsolete and only pure sciences will be taught? 

When we look at the schooling system, alot of schools already prefer S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) over S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths).

What is more amusing for me today is, m contemplating if I need to switch fields to be a part of such fantastic studies, which is by all means, making me jump out of my seat for innovation, or defend my existing field and see how it can play a role in the AI future. One thing is for sure, learning is crucial  and to stay up to date with the current happening news in technology is even more essential. Because when they leave for the moon again, and set up AI systems in the solar system, I want to be there. Or at least have my future generations, be a part of it.

InshaAllah!

News from my side: Khanumsays.com (the domain) will be closing down next year and I’ll revert to my wordpress blog for good. Let me write about it in the next post. inshaAllah!

P.S. Yaaayyyyyyy! So happy to blog here on my baby blog home after years. ❤

 

 

December 30, 2014

2014 in review

by Khanum

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

June 7, 2014

Time to subscribe to new url: Khanumsays.com

by Khanum

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So this is it. It’s my last post at this place. On the bright side, I’m happy to announce that this goodbye is a hello to my own new blog.

Khanumsays.com is officially on!  Click here to catch me there.

Much love and thanks to all my friends, fans and readers and to WordPress for giving me wonderful 4 years of blogging. You rock!

Please, Don’t forget to subscribe to khanumsays.com for latest updates.

 

May 28, 2014

HALA MADRID !!! Lisbon 2014

by Khanum

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Hala Hala Hala ! And there go all the supporters of Atlético Madrid against me. What a match !!! what a TENSE match for both teams. And Surprisingly, despite the fact that Atletico was successful to make the 1st goal, all of my family rooted for Real Madrid right from the beginning without any disputes. This was the first soccer match ever to be watched by my family. No joke. Even I never had any interest in Football before, all I used to hear was how down to earth Messi Messi Messi is,  and how show off Ronaldo looks. But this is what I think: Ronaldo may be hard to digest sometimes but hey! Give that guy a break! His team got talent which got them this victory.

Here’s a quick recap summary of the match from the newly born soccer fan who thinks Bale is actually cool !

1: Atletico Team has got great players. But they are big whiners, cheaters and do not care for the yellow cards whatsoever!

2: David Villa has to do more than that to impress me. (No I am just joking. He’s married for God’s sake)

3: Pop corns are a must to watch the game. A consensus we all reached upon. Mom included.

4: Billion dollars Ronaldo has to stop taking his shirt off at every win. It becomes hard to root for Real Madrid then. But His act of affection towards his mate at the end of the match, that was just beyond words cool.

P.S. To those Atletico players who pushed him down several times on the field today, My family hates you all. 

5: Real Madrid players got to spread on the play ground well. That’s where Atletico was better. They were sharp and all over the place like grass hoppers.

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6: GARETH BALE! I saw this guy making some real efforts on the play ground there. There were 209,594 tweets per minute after Gareth Bale made the goal and Real Madrid went up 2-1 ! That was spectacular and so sudden that we all screamed in union MADRIDDDDDDDDD!!!

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7: I need Real Madrid T-shirt. Any soccer player interested in gifting me one, please drop a comment. No jokes.

 

That’s all for today from Khanum. I still need to learn alot about soccer. But I already know who’s my favorite from now on.

Bale who I called, Gale,  throughout the match. Lol

 

Hala Madrid !!  (My 1st ever post on soccer)I hope you enjoyed the recap

 

Note: I do not own the pictures

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May 10, 2014

Shaukat Khan Continues to Inspire NCA Students

by Khanum

The wonderful world of Shaukat Khan is filled with Holiday cruising adventures, Awareness Campaigns and fantastic art works. He doesn’t just write travelogues telling interesting stories about every place he visits but also paints such fantastic things. Have a look at the picture below. This was painted by him during his Save The Disappearing Flora & fauna Of Rainforest campaign. 

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I admire his work, especially the one he put on Saatchi Online. Do check it out. There’s a painting by the name, Fantasy Butterfly. It’s so unique and colorful! Simply splendid work.

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On Wednesday, He gave a marvelous presentation on Ship Cruising before leaving Pakistan. Did I mention he’s settled in UK?

The event started off with a slide show on Flora and Fauna campaign and then escalated with his presentation on Cruising Holidays. All the students just simply loved the idea of cruising  and pictures from all over the world that he been to on ship. Every eye was mesmerized, every student had his breath taken away. I was given the task to photograph the event but even I was so taken away with the presentation on a big screen that I stopped clicking my camera for awhile.

Here are some of the pictures from the presentation day.10396522_854766164551664_1279463371_n1 10405897_854765447885069_1143061343_n 

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P.S. He’s my Uncle.