Category Archives: not self but God and others

Appeal for Orphans and Child Welfare in Iraq

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Today, I would like to urge my blog readers to please visit my personal fundraiser – set up for the children of Iraq, supported by one of my favorite charities.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shaistajafri

In the month of Ramadan, with so many charities available, it is often times a tough task to choose which ones to support.  I chose this because I have seen The Zahra Trust at work when I visited Iraq in December 2017.  A non-profit in its true spirit, I am inspired by their relentless support to serve the orphans and the needy.

Humanitarian crisis affects children the worst and leave them exposed and vulnerable. These children need our compassion and love;  your small contribution goes a long way and can build a secure life for a child.  Please help this campaign which will contribute directly to The Zahra Trust’s call for orphans support and child welfare in Iraq. I am also a team member with Sayed Ammar Nakshwani who is a goodwill ambassador for The Zahra Trust and has launched an Appeal for the same cause. https://www.justgiving.com/teams/san

You can learn more about The Zahra Trust’s ongoing projects and what they did last year on this link:

https://www.zahratrust.com/annualreport

If you would like to support any cause this year – let this one be your choice!

Thank you! Your reward is with Allah.

Who is the Muslim’s Pope – asks my 7- year old…

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By now, most of the readers would have heard about Pope Francis visiting the Philippines #PopeFrancisPH

I was showing his videos to J&S my boys aged 13 and 7 respectively. I was showing them how much respect I have for the Pope for the way he interacts with people of all ages, color and creed – how he keeps a smile on his face, and blesses everyone as he meets them.  My 7-year old asked me, who is a Pope.  Out of convenience, I told him casually, ‘well, think of him as a Maulvi’. ‘Oh okay,’ he said thoughtfully. ‘So mama, who is our Pope in Pakistan?’

His question, which came as a painful shock to me, left me speechless.  I wish I could show him one religious leader in Pakistan who is loved and respected as much as the Pope, even the Muslim Ummah if you please, and who in return would treat people with this much love and compassion.  I give up.  Can you think of one such name? Will somebody please stand up?

 

 

 

 

When your life flashes before your eyes

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This December of 2014 when I went to Islamabad – I brought back with me to Manila all my greeting cards and letters, saved since as long as I remember! Oh what a flashback it was indeed! It was as if my life was passing by me in a jiffy! Some brought a smile, some a tear or two. Life is short and slipping away at a speed faster than we can ever catch up with.

…and it got me thinking – It will be almost like the promised Day of Judgement where our life and deeds will be flashed before our eyes! I sincerely hope and pray that it’s a life worth looking at – in front of the One we all long to meet!

Until that day – it’s a constant struggle of self learning and self improvement! Don’t we all want to look our best when we meet the One Beloved. I hope it’s a meeting worth all this effort! Dear God.

When your life flashes before your eyes…

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Facebook users must have seen their timelines full of the facebook flashback videos – I did too, except that I did not post mine. I figured it was more for myself than for anybody else (and I loved it).

And then it got me thinking – Gosh, this was last 6 years flashing before my eyes. I sincerely hope that when my entire life will be flashed before me, in the presence of the One, I really hope its a life worth watching! I believe in the Day of Judgement, as part of my religious beliefs, I also look forward to meeting my Allah, as promised. I just hope it is a meeting worth this life of patience, gratitude and a meeting where we receive His Mercy. I have no qualms in saying this – we have all been naughty at some point in our lives, this is all part of being a human, prone to error. I just hope, that in our ideas of fun and self-service, we have not hurt any other human being in this process. From what I know, God’s mercy is limited to His dues only, if we hurt another human being – thats between us and them!

I sincerely hope, that just before we end our lives in this world, we have all had the opportunity to repent, to make amends, to do more good, give more in charity, to tell everyone we care about that they are loved, and to tell Allah one more time how grateful we are for being blessed with a sound mind and body. It is just not worth being unkind to another human being – because when my life will flash before my eyes, I do not want to be known as someone responsible for bringing sadness in anybody’s life. And if all of us start thinking along these lines – wont this be a happier place to live in?