Sinful Poetry

 

The Seven Cardinal Sins Explained Through Acrostic Poetry

 

 

Lust

 

Losing

Urself in

Sensual

Temptations

 

Gluttony

 

Give me

Lots of

Unending

Things

To eat

Only for me

Not

You

 

Greed

 

Gathering

Rapaciously

Every

Earthly

Desire

 

Sloth

 

So

Lazy

Oblivious

To any

Hard work

 

Wrath

 

Whipping together

Revenge and

Anger, then

Tossing in

Hatred

 

Envy

 

Engulfed in

Negative and

Vicious thoughts about

Your belongings

 

Pride

 

Peacock

Ready to

Ignite and

Destruct in

Excessive self-love

 

 

Of Hairy Monsters

Hello folks! I am back with a bang and trying to kick-start the literary side.

Three Word Wednesday posts three words each Wednesday and bloggers write something using those words. Here’s my go at it. Excuse my being out of touch with prose and poetry. 😛

Out of the breezy summer air
appeared a hairy monstrous creature
towering above the pine trees
Scaring little children at play.

The Notorious 10 – Book Challenge

So here’s the thing about the ten books challenge: List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. It’s not about the “right book” or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. Doesn’t have to be in order. The idea is to instill the nostalgia of vintage books on the online community.

 

  1. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, the name might sound misleading but it is of a different kind of  love altogether. An amazing blend of past and present. Opened my eyes to love, and made me understand spirituality on so many levels. A true treat for Rumi lovers and how can you not love Shams!
  2. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks, a love story with a twist – not the typical happily ever after scene. I stayed up til daybreak when I first read it and cried all morning. A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love, loss and moving on.
  3. The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, instilled a love of writing in me. Also inspired me to create my own gang of imaginary cousins, partly out of sheer jealousy I suppose. The fine details about food were also very tempting
  4. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, a magical story which led me to daydream about my own wardrobe. Beautifully nostalgic movie which still remains a favorite.
  5. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray  is a useful handbook for people in relationships, although single people can also benefit from it 😛 I found great comfort from the fact that the book spoke of practical solutions and relatable things.
  6. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, a moving story about sacrifice and love. A very different plot, not your average love story.
  7. A Solitary Dance by Robert something (please Google) more to the interest of Psychology majors such as myself. A young intern treats a child with schizophrenia, beautifully illustrated. I fell in love with psychology all over again.
  8. Hold the Dream by Barbara Bradford, a love story in its purest sense. Childhood sweethearts reunited after a very fateful evening. It helped restore my faith in true love.
  9. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by none other than Coelho, wonderfully enchanting story about love and spirituality. Brought me to tears. And no, it is not overrated, period.
  10. Jane Eyre by you-all-know-who, a timeless classic. I somehow saw myself in Jane, and I fell for Rochester in an instant. A sweet romance, where Jane’s shyness was too lovable. Nostalgic novel, brings lots of memories. I have most of it’s scenes and dialogues memorized. 🙂

Happy reading! I nominate Anas and Furqan. Best of luck guys!

The Fault in Our Elders

Its heart-wrenching to see adults shatter children’s ego and self-esteem. I’ve heard and over-heard countless accounts where elders, sometimes unfortunately parents shun their children in a most debilitating way. I’ll share some conversations below. Names have been hidden to protect privacy.

Scenario 1

A mother scolds her young daughter to be nice to her brother who is “rozaydaar” well after Iftari. She flinches and mumbles, roza rakh kar ehsan kiya hai mujhpe, Allah ke liye rakha hai tou mujhpe kyun raub dal rahe hain.

Shouldn’t we always be nice to each other and teach our sons to be equally kind to their sisters, and roza shouldn’t be a means of overpowering  someone.

Scenario 2

A 4 year old kid visits his dada. Dada questions as to why is he not wearing so and so clothes, he responds with wo ap ne pehle bhi dekhe hue hain. Dad says tou phir kya hua, aur ese tou larkiyan kehte hain, larkay tou aik kapre buhat bar pehen lete hain.

Shouldn’t humbleness  be taught to both boys and girls. What is worse than feeding gender stereotypes to a child this young. Being non-materialistic should be encouraged irrespective of gender.

Scenario 3

A father says to his daughter does she wish to send her father to Hell, if not she should offer namaz as it is said if children are sinful parents will also be punished for not correcting them. Upon asking she says, had he said he doesn’t want ME to go to Hell that’s why I should offer namaz, it would have motivated me much more. What he said is just selfish and unloving.

As children are sensitive to what their parents say to them, care must be taken to convey a message effectively. Parents being well-wishers should also show that they are indeed well-wishers.

Scenario 4

A young adult asked his parent something basic about Quran They scolded him for not knowing such a basic element by saying tumhe yehe nahi pata, kabhi Quran nahi khola and even belittled him for not being a good Muslim.

This way of treatment can actually discourage a person from wanting to know about things. At least he is showing concern over what he doesn’t know instead of being indifferent. In today’s era young people’s interest in Islam is a blessing. He later remarked, I didn’t know sawal pochne se ap agle se haqeer hojate ho.

 

 

Feel free to differ and share your views!

Personal Favourite Dua’s

Needless to say, a month of blessings is in our laps and we should make as much dua as possible. I’d like to share some easy, effective and beautiful dua’s that I have collected over the years and found extremely soothing. Dua is a cure for everything, except death!

 

لا اله الا انت سبحانك اني كنت من الظالمين

La ilaha illa anta, Subhanaka, Inni kuntu minaz-zalimin

There is none worthy of Worship besides You, You are far exalted and above all weaknesses, Surely, I’ am from among the wrongdoers (Dua in Quran of Hazrat Yunas as when he was in the belly of the fish)

 


 

وَأُفَوِّضُ أَمْرِي إِلَى اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ

Wa ufawwidu amri ila-Allah, inna-Allaha basirun bi l-ibad

I entrust my affair unto God. Truly, Allah is aware of His servants. (Dua in Quran)

 


 

 حسبي اللہ ونعم الوکيل

Hasbiy-Allaahu wa Ni’ma Al-Wakeel

Allah is Sufficient for Me, and He is the Best Helper

 


 

رَبِّ اِنِّىْ مَغْلُوْبٌ فَانْتَصِرْ

Rabbi inni maghlubun fan-tass-ssir

O Allah! I am oppressed,  therefore come to my help. (Dua in Quran of Hazrat Nuh as when he preached his people for 900 years and they did not listen)

 


 

رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ

Rabbi, inni lima anzalta ilaya min khairin faqeer

O Allah, I am in absolute need of the good You send me. (Dua in Quran of Hazrat Musa as when he was seeking refuge)


 رَّبِّ ٱغْفِرْ وَٱرْحَمْ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ ٱلرَّٰحِمِينَ

Rabbighfir Warham; Wa Anta Khairur Raahimeen

O Allah! Forgive and have mercy; for You Are the best of those who show mercy. (Dua taught in Quran to Holy Prophet saw)


اللهم خر لي واختر لي

Allahuma khirli wakhtarli

O Allah, choose and select for me. (Dua taught to me by someone I immensely respect)

prayer

Remember me in your duas! 🙂

How to Steer Clear of Foul-weather Friends

We’ve all come across about fair-weather friends, those who stick with us in good times and ditch us when we need them. Then there is another breed, yes you guessed it: foul-weather friends. They are of two types. First type is those who run to you only when they need something and second type is those who are around you all the time, but as soon as things start to work out for you, they can’t stand it and leave you out of jealousy. They’d rather be happy for your misery than see you flourish.

Rule number one: learn to be assertive, as cliched as it may sound. The power of saying no tactfully cannot be stressed enough. Be polite, but set boundaries. If a class-fellow wants to seek your help for some project, offer advice or tips but don’t agree to do their whole project.

 

Rule number two: always ask them to approach you instead of you going to them, as it is likely that they would stand you up. What else can you expect from a non serious person.  If they bug you too much, tell them off by saying you are busy. They will get the message.

 

Rule number three:  mind your own business, stay away from pests and people who cannot see you happy. It is better to be alone than with the wrong people. You may come out as anti-social or arrogant, but give a damn to what people think of you. Go at any length to keep your sanity intact.

 

Cheers!

 

 

The Power of Prayer

Prayer is one of the most underrated weapons ever. I say weapon because it can fight fate. I’ve often heard people say hum tou bas dua he kar saktay hain and I think this statement degrades the very essence of prayer. A sincere, heartfelt prayers pierces through the heavens without doubt. The end of our human effort is where the power of prayer begins. Nothing is dearer to the Creator than the prayer of a believer. Pray hard! 

Go Where You Are Celebrated; Not Merely Tolerated

Call me an anarchist, but I think parents should live with their married daughters, instead of married sons. Reason being; a daughter is undoubtedly more sincere and sympathetic than any daughter-in-law. Also, coming from pure personal experience, I’ve seen sons-in-law turn out to be better sons than real ones. Maybe one generation should give it a go and see what positive effects it brings. Needless to say, for this change in social order to work, people would have to have a broader perspective. They would need to get beyond the current “norms”. As far as I have seen, living with a daughter is looked down upon. Hereby, this must be noted that I’m in no way advocating guys to be a “ghar-damad” another taboo in our close-minded society. I guess if every household starts practicing this then the notorious “log kya kahain gay” dilemma would be non-existent. Not a bad idea, is it? Throw in your comments. 

A New Approach to Schooling

It’s not much common here as in the West, nonetheless home-schooling cannot be overlooked. As it is self-evident from the name, it’s schooling done at home, usually by parents or a tutor.  So why not regular schooling, you may wonder. Well, needless to mention, posh English medium schools of today are driving the kids away from moral values and manners. Teaching arrogance is what these schools are best at. I have seen sweet little kids from modest households turn into stubborn brats and bullies. Not to mention developing alienation for Urdu and even religion. 

So why does home-schooling sound a better option in today’s’ world? It gives you the unique  flexibility of teaching the child what is right, rather than what everyone else is doing.  Till 5 years of age are the formative years of a child’s life. The learning is extremely rapid and lasting. Therefore it is critical to put the child under great care. Think of it like the foundation of a building. Instilling a love of learning at this age would reap its benefits throughout life. Teaching the child to read can also be a lifelong gift. Also, the talent can be polished due to focused attention given to the child. Skills can be taught at his pace, aiding to intellectual growth. 

Possible downsides can be lack of confidence, less exposure and social interaction. Once the problems are identified, they can be dealt with by taking note of meeting these deficiencies.  Associating with other children of same age group might bridge this gap.

 

Sounds very daunting, I agree, but I think it can be thoroughly enjoyable for parents to connect with their children and bring them up the way they want to, without external influence. And of course, rewarding for the child’s long term development.   Do tell me what you think!