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TWD- Chapter Six: Revenge of the Pakoras

Myth: It’s Ramadan- Think Pakoras

There is something ostensibly odd about this verse:

“The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away!” (05:75)

Another statement where Allah (swt) is making a point that Isa (as) and his mother were not supernatural beings or Gods but merely humans. One might wonder, if they are paying attention, why is food brought here as a demarcating line between godliness and being human?

Why FOOD of all the things?

It’s a no-brainer, and definitely not a brainer in Ramadan, that food is human super-weakness. And anyone foolish enough to think he can be one with the heavens by denying himself food, is only kidding himself– that does happen, but only when you starve yourself enough to go six feet under. Very uh- ungodly. So, the point here, and in numerous places in the Quran, is that it is only Allah (swt) Who is free from all weaknesses and whatever partners people associate with Him are just not qualified enough.

You’d be surprised to know that food has been given its due attention in the Quran and Sunnah. And as Muslims, we have been told our limits here as well as in other things. But here is what happens-

You stuff yourself at iftaar, before taraweeh, after taraweeh until you achieve that state of reverse nirvana where everything stills and you want to throw up. And with the amount of gluttony that goes on and the way we drop like dead weights before Isha’, you can give this a sinister tagline. Ramadan- revenge of the pakoras. Blame it on that fried dish.

And after a very uncomfortable taraweeh (or lack thereof) and after shoving down more leftovers just for the heck of it, you pass out on your bed till dawn. Apparently you ate enough to skip suhur, and the cycle repeats itself. See why food is THE ultimate weakness? Can’t tell if we are the ones eating food or if food is consuming us…

We skip meals when we are supposed to have them and it is our overeating tendency that leads to it which is blatantly obvious.

The Prophet (pbuh) said,

“Take suhur as there is a blessing in it.” (Bukhari)

and

“The difference between our observance of fasting and that of the people of the Scriptures is the suhur.”  (Muslim)

Do yourself a favor- eat less, cook less, wake up early for a barakah-filled meal (and to feel less like a Jew) and you will not be plagued with hunger pangs throughout the day. Consequently, we will find ourselves eating the way Muslims should eat. Hopefully!

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Of Black Roses and Dead Leaves

You conceive an idea and flesh it out. Then it consumes you so bad that you wonder if it will be worth it in the end.

All good things happen at once. Then you can’t figure out if it’s a blessing, a test in disguise, karma or is it Allah giving you free reigns before tightening the rope on you?

Wish someone would tell you it is okay to use pirated windows.

You wonder if you’re reaping any rewards doing Da’wah on pirated software.

You look at your posts and think if they changed anyone’s life in the slightest. Then you look at your state of faith and it says “meh”.

That internal monologue when you list down the 100 things that make you a hypocrite.

You send yourself to a rehab in mid-season break. Then start on another TV series.

Or you don’t start another series but obsess with the next season updates anyway.

When you make a list of minor sins but can’t think of any because you no longer consider them sins anymore.

You look back and ask yourself who you really did that for.

You visualize your deeds turning to dust.

Away from a particular sin for quite some time and you sense a relapse coming.

You realize that every good you do is followed by a sin.

That you haven’t made a long qiyaam in a long while. And your heart beats to the devil’s dance.

You realize that you are still an arrogant fool.

And that no one recognizes you as intimately as your flaws.

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Chained- Us or the Devils?

 

Was looking at some typographic samples when one of those (Cuff the Duke) inspired this graphic. Still needs finishing touches on the curves but till I get a better stylus…

Anyway, there is an oft-repeated phrase that you only hear in Ramadan. It is people (including me- guilty as charged) saying “I’ll probably watch this *insert so-and-so movie, music, show* after Ramadan.” Kind of kills the whole point of fasting, does it not? Here is how it works- if you can’t do it in Ramadan, then you shouldn’t be doing it anyway. It’s that simple. Or not. And whoever manages to carry this thought through he year is the one who has really benefitted from the month.

The devils chained are waiting to be broken loose, and so are we, whether we admit to it or not; with our not-so-great plans pending, and that watch-list prepared somewhere, and those backstabbing stories threateningly close to being divulged… Thirty days in and we will walk the earth like prisoners on parole. Unless we really prepare otherwise…

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The little voice of unreason

>>2:13am: Here is to all moments of clarity, and this- believe me, isn’t one of mine.

After a mug of coffee, much thinking on the lofty points of life induced by the eternal philosophical nature of caffeine, I came to a simple conclusion. That I’ll strip my blog off cyberspace. No more mindless ramblings by a faceless person you know very little of. And no more of these saintly posts that even make me squirm when I read them after a long time and find myself not-very-saint-like. After all, “I have the right to remain silent. Anything I say can be held against me in the court of Law.”

 أَتَأۡمُرُونَ ٱلنَّاسَ بِٱلۡبِرِّ وَتَنسَوۡنَ أَنفُسَكُمۡ وَأَنتُمۡ تَتۡلُونَ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ‌ۚ أَفَلَا تَعۡقِلُونَ (٤٤ 

Do you enjoin right conduct on the people and forget (to practise it) yourselves and yet you study the Scripture? Will you not understand? (02:44)

The verse is enough to drive the message home. And then this scene from A Knight’s Tale materializes when William, Chaucer and the rest were bending over Adhemar- my favorite part from the whole film- and they said after the final showdown:

“You have been weighed.

You have been measured.

And you have been found wanting.

Welcome to the new world. God save you, if it is the right thing that He should do so.”

Funny. Even movies have that kind of effect on me. Sometimes. Is there a name for the phobia of dropping dead in the middle of watching a movie?

Just getting my point across that I’ve been feeling hypocritical as of late. And this came with such passion that I seriously considered laying rest my wired existence, and leave nothing behind that could frame me. Facebook is enough to show anyone a glimpse of the Book of Deeds they are so insanely authoring. And this blog- it will either be a saving grace or will make it to the hall of shame. And so I wanted to slay all chances, do nothing and drag through life. Very dramatic me. And a very convenient way out but not a solution. Nonetheless, diving into nothingness is hugely appealing, if that even remotely makes sense.

*Duff beats and eye-rolls*

Of course, I chickened out when senses took over. I’m bound to whatever I say. The answer had been staring at me right in the face.

Lord protect us all from hypocrisy. It irks me whenever I make a new post and it’s like playing joust with your own self…