A few weeks ago, we visited Al-Jissah beach in Muscat, Oman. A fisherman took us for a ride. I insisted upon life jackets for us and the kids but nonetheless the non-swimmers (the parents and the baby) were a little jittery. I recited a few supplications including, “hasbunallahu wa ni’mal wakeel” [Quran 3:173] and “Yaa Hayyu Ya Qayyum, Bi Rahmatika Astagheez” [Prophet’s (pbuh) supplication)] – some of my favorite duas.
The first one means, “Sufficient for us is Allah, and [He is] the best Disposer of affairs” and the second one is translated to, “O Living, O Sustaining, in Your Mercy I seek relief.”
It helped removed my and the baby’s jitters. Alhumdulillah!
Some images from Doha that I took during our current visit (masha’Allah):
Here is a video I made of our recent visit to Lahore Fort and Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. Our family is from Pukhtoonkhwa province and my kids have never visited Lahore (in the province of Punjab) before this. Lahore is a hub of culture and everyone that visits Pakistan should visit Lahore to see all the great monuments there. I have only shown two. The building towards the end of the video is a Sikh gurdwara.
News like these make me angry – very very angry. California is one of the US states that has no death penalty and it’s prisons are overflowing with prisoners. Ballots like Proposition 47 have been enacted specifically to reduce prisoners in California’s prison. Actions like that of Judge Marc Kelly that reduced the child rapist’s sentence from 25 years to 10 years are expected since judges will be intentionally trying to keep California’s prisons emptier. What to do? Bring back the death penalty and if not, there will be more of people like Kevin Rojano on the streets that “did not appear to consciously intend to harm (the victim)” (Judge Marc Kelly’s words) when sodomizing the 3-year old.
Also sign the petition below to enact justice for the 3-year old. ~AJ
I would be very wary of a decision to involve Pakistani troops in the war in Yemen. Pakistan is already fighting a fight against terrorists in the Pukhtoonkhwa province. On the Eastern side of Pakistan, India is always ready to create trouble. It already funds the terrorist activities in Pakistan. It’s a really complicated situation. I am tired of Iran and Saudi Arabia fighting proxy wars in the region. What became of talks rather than military to solve issues? I hope Pakistan stays away. I hope Iran and Saudi Arabia are able to resolve their differences. I have never understood this Shia Sunni conflict. If you are a Shia so what? If you are a Sunni so what? If you are an atheist so what? How about let everybody do what they want and as long as the state doesn’t dictate what you do in your religious life, what does it matter? The biggest problem with most of the Muslim countries is that there is no democracy. If it was the Yemeni people deciding who they wanted as their leader instead of their neighboring countries propping up puppet leaders, all this mess wouldn’t exist. This applies to Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. Thankfully, after many years of military rule, finally there is democracy in Pakistan. It needs to be cherished. Pakistan is a unique country where people of different faiths co-exist and it needs to stay that way. Pakistan should not take sides in the proxy wars of Iran and Saudi Arabia. ~AJ