Sunday, July 19, 2009

Net woes

My dear ladies and their dear gentlemen,

I know, I know you are all fuming at me. And you are very or rather more justified to get mad at me.

But this Internet has been giving me some woeful time. Also, Arabic classes are keeping me so so busy, my!!!

Nevertheless, let me blow my trumpets a bit. I did well in my this past Arabic test, yipeeee.

Keep me in your prayers. More in next post!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Unusually usual.

My name is Naheed. Naheed also means unusal. And believe it or not, very unusual things keep happening with me. Such is the amount of these rare occurences that people who know me say: "well if its something unusal then it's usual to happen with N."

So,the latest feather in my cap of rarity was added by hubby dearest.

Some gentle soul invited us for a dinner. And what better than a dine out. Not that I care for the grub much, but company I long for.

After a sumputuous dinner and some soft ice-cream, my better half wasn't to be seen.

I didn't panic. Also was considerate enough, to let him have some "man-time."

Ten minutes passed, and they turned into 15. I could see rest of the guys with the spouses, sans mine. Everyone started asking me about his whereabouts.

And I had a question for a question. Since, I was clueless too.

After a while, I see my hero jumping out of the car.

He had forgotten that he was married and was along with wife.

Peace to you dear friends and forgetful souls!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Please respect cyberspace

In the recent times the world wide web has truly turned the world into a global village.

With such exchange of information and sharing of ideas, the human race in my estimation is indeed learning a lot about other cultures, people and traditions. And what better than a tool which binds human to human.

It also helps eradicate a lot many misconceptions and makes co-existence a very joyful experience.

But, I have heard first hand accounts of how people wreck it all, with one bad word.

Dear fellow bloggers please spread the good word around and lets respect each one's opinion whatever it may be.

At best, we can ignore what we don't like.

Let's gear up and make cyberspace an even better place.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Please read on.

Dear All,

As-salam o'alay-kum,

Trust and pray that you are all doing well.

The reason behind this communique, I feel, is that it's high time that we as the youth did some soul-searching.

Let the lines to follow in no way make you think that I am being aggressive. I am just being assertive, as I feel that we as brothers and sisters in humanity, need a constant reminder to

rectify the defects in our personality, way of thinking, behaviour, mannerisms, etc.

I have, thus far, resided in three countries and I can't point out a single person who is evil. All individuals are good. And I strongly feel that it are situations and circumstances, which greatly shape a person; the way he is.

Some of you may be of the opinion that it's a person him/herself who is responsible for being in a particular situation. I do agree to a great extent with that view. But, the million dollar question is: Do all individuals have the same will-power, strong headedness, determination?

And the answer is but a big "No". All of us are different and hence respond differently to whatever the task at hand is. Some of us can cry at small little things, while others laugh even in the face of death.

A commonly held notion is that the physical age of a person makes him wise. I beg to differ. I am sure you would have noticed that at times a child can be very sensible and mature whereas an elderly person can be very irrational and impractical.

But we do respond to stimulus. A happy occasion makes us happy; a sad one makes us remorseful; when a friend is in trouble, we are hurt; when our kith and kin are in distress, we feel the heat; and likewise.

Many of us, irrespective of how strong they are, get swayed away at some point or the other. And none of us can dare blame a person for that. For we are individuals and no angels. To falter is in our system. But the greater being in my estimation is one who can get swayed away lesser than the rest and holds steadfast to his beliefs.

At this juncture comes in the need for religion. Most of us youngsters live away from parents and are in need of constant guidance. No matter how old we become, we remain vulnerable to Satan's moves. He is all loose and just looks for opportunities to trap us in his sinister designs.

I have had the privilege of being in augustus company of some religious souls. Religion, dear brothers and sisters, shows you the way. If we go the way Allah (Swt) has commanded us, the chances of us choosing the wrong path are scarce.

In the past two, three years, I have read numerous books on self-improvement but no better guide and friend than the Holy Quran. If you want that inner peace and feel lonely at heart, make friends with THE ONLY friend -- Allah. Read the Glorious Quran as much you can, whenever you can, and trust me you will find a different YOU.

Contrary to the belief held in many regions, its not imperative to read the Revered Book in a particular language. Read and attain the bliss of the scripture in whatever language you are comfortable with. Islam is universal in nature and appeal. It belongs to one and all. A person in Islam has superiority over other just by his deeds said the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in his last sermon, while quoting a verse of the Quran.

However, no efforts should be spared in trying to learn the beautiful Arabic language. For what would be more satisfactory than reading the primary source in the language.

If there is a point that you don't understand take the help of someone better qualified than yourself. Also, please do not forget to invite your friends from other religions and beliefs to a way of life called -- Al Islam.

The number of reverts is increasing by the day, Alhamdolillah. YOU, as the ambassadors of the faith have a huge responsibility on your shoulders of reaching out the words of Allah (Swt) to every nook and corner of the world.

Please also bear in mind that being an envoy to Islam, everything you do counts. The way you talk, walk, dress, behave and so on. Please do not to instill a wrong perception of Islam in another person's mind with what you do.

I sincerely hope that what I wrote makes sense. Please excuse me, if I went wrong anywhere. I am also open to positive checks. Please help me improve.

May Allah guide us to the right path.

With prayers for all.


This piece is dedicated to my teacher, friend and husband Abdulaziz.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

All days aren't same

Last evening was one of the usual evenings. I was sipping my tea and listening to some beautiful Nasheeds.

But lo and behold. I heard someone knocking the door. In my sloppy attire I reached the door. Expecting hubby dearest to be there.

But, I see a complete stranger. The lady introuduced herself and asked if I could lend an ear to her. Kindness had the better of me and I invited the lady in. She introduced herself, of being my distant neighbour, living two blocks away from me.

I patiently heard her woes and suggested ways to better her situation. But what I learnt from my humble experience of counselling her was:

1) Value your loved ones.
2) Be patient.
3) Don't loose your calm.
4) Mind your language.
5) Believe in God.

And most importantly do not give up. Be determined that all will be well. Because all has to be well. The Glorious Quran says that no two days are same. Hence, when joys are not there forver why would grief be??


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Hey, Naheed is back

My dear and trusted fellow bloogers,

Trust you are all doing good. And how can't you, for I was away for a while but my prayer for world peace and humanity is always there.

Hope you are enjoying the sizzling summers and scorching heat. I am NOW sitting pretty in Bahrain which is both hot and humid. But a nice island nation, it is. Whoever and wherever said: 'Good things come in school packages.' for sure had the Kingdom of Bahrain in mind.

So, as the nomadic Naheed enjoys her time in Bahrain, you please continue to drop by and take good care of yourselves, for someone called Naheed, from somehwere loves and prays for you.

Keep in touch and stay precious!!


Thursday, March 12, 2009

A big thank you

Dear All,

Trust this note finds you well.

I am writing in to let you know that I am relocating from the UAE to Bahrain.

This decision comes as a natural progression that we all look forward to in our careers and lives.

In my tenure with The Gulf Today, I have had the privilege of meeting some of the most interesting people in my life. I extend my gratitude to all you wonderful people who helped me learn and contribute to print journalism in the UAE.

Thank you all for your support and I do hope we get an opportunity to work again.

Please find below my contact details: