A Long Way Down!

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Two weeks before buying this book i actually went to the book store (Times) and browse the store from top to the end, both fictional and Non-fictional areas.

Obviously i browsed through many books, but i was actually disappointed that writers of fiction books for teenagers only write about love stories and what was more irritating that those love stories are about vampires, wolves etc!

Im not really a fan of love stories, and vampires love life doesn’t entertain me either!

So i actually saw this book and read the “Plot Summary” and it was about four people wanting suicide and to me it sounded depressing and boring… So i put back that book to the shelf….

However, after two weeks when i went to the book store, (its my favorite place to hang out) i don’t know why but i picked up ” A Long Way Down” and just browse through it, to my surprise it was entertaining and when i saw the comment made by Johnny Depp ” Masterfull… Some of the finest writing, and some of the most outstanding characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading’ that was the point when i decided to buy this book!
There were other reviews made by newspapers such as Sunday Times, Irish Times etc.

I love people like Johnny Depp, not just because of their looks and personality ūüėć but they know their work very well and they always give more than 100% #Respect

The book is super funny and brilliantly written, i used to read it in Trains while going and coming back from School and every day i just couldn’t wait to sit in the train and enjoy my ride due to Nick Hornby’s A long Way Down! This book has four characters, which are of different age and background which i believe will able to connect with almost everyone. I used to giggle to myself while reading, making other commuters think that I’m crazy or high! And there were times i had tears in my eyes! It has both highs and lows!

Ouh and its now a major motion picture (or at least the book cover say so) but definitely i would recommend it to everyone and esp. to those who just need to have a good and light reading time!

Till next time…

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Ramadan Mubarak!

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Ramadan Mubarak/ Ramzan Mubarak/Kareem Selamat berpuasa etc.. You’ve been hearing this or even seeing these wishes on twitter or FB and even on IG! What really is Ramadan? and Why do Muslims all over the world celebrate it?

Ramadan is a 9th month of Islamic Calender, in which Muslims (Men and Women) fast for the whole month (period of 30 days) for the sake of Allah. Fasting during Ramadan is regarded as one of the Five pillars of Islam (Believe in one Allah, 5 Prayers, Charity, Fasting during Ramadan and Pilgrimage to Mecca ~ Hajj). Fasting during this is an obligatory for all the¬†adult (once they’ve reached Puberty) Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant,diabetic¬†or going through menstruation.

However, they are required to pay back their fast when they are healthy or return back from their journey.

Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran:

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful. [Quran 2:185]

The time of the fast is from dawn until sunset.  Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. Dates become the important part of the Meal as its the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.

During their fast, Muslims refrain from eating/drinking, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations and all other forbidden things in Islam like swearing, backbiting gossiping, lying etc.

In this month, all the rewards are multiplied and therefore Muslims are encouraged to increase their good deeds! A good deed in Islam can be as simple as Smiling and Giving to Salam to each other!

The Month of Blessings, is divided into 3 parts. The first 10 days are believed to be of Allah’s Mercy, the next 10 days of Ramadan are for Forgiveness¬†and the last 10 days are Release from hell fire.

During this month, the Gates of Heavens are open and the Gates of Hell are closed and Shaitan (Satan) is locked. During this Month, many Muslims who usually don’t abide by the rules and regulation of Islam (May Allah Guide Them) turn over a new leaf and make many resolutions such as to pray 5 times a day, quit smoking, giving charity etc.

Qura’n, the holy book of Islam was revealed in the month of Ramadan. Many Muslims read the Qura’n with the translation during this month so as to become better Muslims even after the Ramadan. The act of fasting is said to redirect the heart away from worldly activities, so as to cleanse the soul by freeing it from harmful impurities. Thus, fasting cure the diseased hearts and souls.

Ramadan also teaches Muslims self-discipline and to be in the shoes of those who are less fortunate; thus encouraging compulsory charity (Zakat Рanother important pillar of Islam)

Tarawih, special evening prayer is conducted after Isha (The last prayer of the day) during the month of Ramadan. During this prayer, one recite long sections Qura’n (1/30 Juz every day or more) So, before the end of Ramadan, the whole¬†Qur’an will been completed.

When The month of Blessings and mercy ends, its followed by Eid-ul-fitr (Feast of breaking the Fast) or Hari Raya Puasa and its also the beginning of the 10th month of Islamic calendar – Shawwal.

And when its the time of Eid, all we do is eat, enjoy and Thank Allah and of course, not forgetting the resolution we’ve made and practiced during Ramadan!

There is a lot more about the Blessed month of Ramadan which i can’t summarize into one blog post! Kindly, Pardon me for the mistakes! Indeed, Allah knows best!

That’s all for now! happy Fasting! May Allah make me and you a better Muslim and Human.

To have Evil Desires, is Human, but to Resist them is Muslim!

Source: I’m a Muslim, Google, Quran

Picture: Google

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THE ART OF WRITING!

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As long as you are human being you write! Many people do private writing and some do publicly Рfrom a protest letter to report writing in office and in schools. Some scribble a few paragraph secretly (like me) at your study table when everyone is asleep or nowadays many of us will just blog but our intention is that our writing will become the reading matter, obviously an enjoyable one! We all have that little wish to become famous.

Writing is a very old form of communication for conveying ideas and feelings from one person to another! Well im not saying that writing is all about journalism or some romantic novel writing, we need to learn this art or skill for taking notes during lectures or meetings or just jotting down a funny incident in your secret diary!

Well you must be thinking that, of course everyone knows how to write unless you were born yesterday! Well think again! Don’t like to think? its alright just keep on reading this post then! Below are the some tips you can follow:

  • Learn the ABCs! yes! learn it! A = accuracy, appropriateness,attentiveness. B = Brightness. C = Clarity, consistency etc
  • Remember your readers, even if its your own self!
  • Be attentive and logical
  • Your purpose
  • The choice of words
  • Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
  • Tone

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The list goes on! if you’ve paid attention in English lessons then you would have already known all this by heart now! Well i cant emphasize enough on the importance of good writing! We have to write no matter how hard we try not to; resumes, letters etc!

OK! i believe that everything in this world have a partner, and the partner of good writing is good reading matter! It can be anything from biographies to novels to fashion magazines to dictionaries or even blogs! Try to look for errors and edit them! (Tip!)

So go get a book, a notepad and a pen and start practicing now!

Source: Reader’s Digest Book: How to write and speak better
Photos: Google

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