The Middle of Sha’baan: Brief Perspective

As the middle of Sha’baan approaches, let’s be mindful of a couple of things: There is a legitimate scholarly difference of opinion on the significance of the 15th night of this month. A wise approach is to leave it in the hands of the scholars, take the guidance of whom you trust, and maintain a[…]

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A Renewed Perspective on our World

Sometimes we become so engrossed in our pursuit of personal endeavours that we lose sight of where we actually are in relation to the rest of the world. Or the rest of the galaxy. Or other galaxies. Or other [names of other distant cosmic entities] On a particularly starry night, my friend’s father (who is[…]

Business Cards – Ditch Them or Dig Them?

So things have been a bit quiet lately. I’ve recently taken up an IT Consultant role at Capital Technology Partners and can’t believe how much I missed the consulting game. The excitement of engaging with a broad range of clients, crafting a sales pitch in order to win project extensions (sans the usual consulting buzz words),[…]

Taking Decisive Action

As the blessed month of Ramadhan draws to a close, let us ask ourselves a relevant question: how do we bid this glorious month farewell? I have a few ideas: Firstly, celebrate success: remind ourselves of the good we have done this month and the impact it has had. Think of the extra good we had planned[…]

Divine Assistance is maximised when hearts are pure

Praise be to God, many of us have the ability and have responded, in as many practical ways as we can, to the crises in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Burma, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic, and other regions, with our prayers, protests, and charitable efforts. That ought to be the best we can do, right? It[…]

An Urgent Plea to Stop the Carnage

To our brothers and sisters in Palestine, Central African Republic, Congo, Kashmir, Xinjiang, Burma, and elsewhere, who are experiencing unspeakable atrocities of gross magnitude, our du’as are with you all each and every day for Allah’s continuous nusrah (assistance) to descend, in the way He Divinely decides. Remember, “Nasrun minAllahi wa fatHun qareeb” – The[…]

Musing #4: Gratitude in an Uncertain Work Environment

Recently, our company laid off a quarter of their employees. For some, perhaps they had already seen the writing on the wall and knew that it was just a matter of time. After all, we’re nearing the completion of a large gas project and the nature of such capital projects is that when you reach[…]

Musing #3: Some people need to smile

(I say these words of advice to myself before anyone else) I entered the lift today at work. There were two other people in the lift already, both staring at me as I entered. I smiled at both, as per my usual habit when entering a lift, but there were no smiles in return. Sure,[…]

Musing #2: So much to do, so little time … but why?

“So much to do, so little time …” This oft-repeated mantra is as much of a worry as it is a cliché. By this, I mean we always set new objectives at the beginning of each year to realign our focus with our future goals, and within a month or two, we find ourselves swamped[…]

Musing #1: Beginning in the Middle

Assalaamu ‘Alaykum, may the peace of Allah be upon you. Welcome to my humble virtual abode. Take a seat, the coffee is brewing. (Your choices are gourmet or Turkish. Instant is a profanity.) Why is this the Beginning in the Middle? I first hopped online back in 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand (reminisce that nostalgic tone[…]