It’s been a while, hope you’ve been good too. Last month, I wrote a short piece about how routine reading isn’t part of my favorite things. Reading, as I’ve come to know, requires discipline and consistency. It’s okay to have one’s strong areas and weak points in things, even reading; but like in every other challenge, you turn your weaknesses into opportunities. If you are like me, and love reading books with highly imaginative and descriptive stories, you build your strength in that regard, and make sure you read such books that are beneficial regularly.
If you find it hard to concentrate on reading large volume books from end to end, don’t just give up on reading, start with smaller volume books and work your way up. Then, once in a while, you take books that were initially hard for you to read through, and with consistency and discipline, conquer it; encourage yourself with treats after such achievements, and push yourself to do more. Before you know it, any kind of book will just be a piece of cake for you to wholly devour!
Many people tend to forget the joy in reading as they grow up, have to solve many life’s challenges; family, work, sustenance; little knowing that reading books makes life’s tasks more familiar and easy to cope with.
So, let’s all read for fun, read all round, and not let a day pass us by without saying hello to our books. Remember, readers are leaders!
To my Muslim brothers and sisters, Ramadhan Mubarak to you all. May Allah accept our strivings as ibadah, Amin.

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I hate routine reading.
Well, I’m aware of readers being leaders, and stuffs like that; I write also, but the idea of taking up a huge textbook and starting to read from the beginning to the end is, scary.
Bookshops are one of my favorite places, and I could spend hours in one browsing through different books. Like a magpie, I’m always attracted to books with colourful and very attractive covers, and whether I need it or not, I buy, if just for those colours screaming at me. The sad part is just that I might eventually not finish reading that book till…
When it comes to novels, especially detective, intriguing ones, I can stay awake for hours reading one after the other. In their cases, I don’t mind reading from end to end. Seems my brain is more attracted to highly imaginative stories and illustrations. I enjoy reading inspirational books too that have got various stories and imaginative illustrations in them, though I read such books starting from a random page each day so I don’t get bored with the routine.
I would really love to read more, especially ‘boring’ science textbooks, now that I’m planning to go for my masters degree, but I’m a bit lost on how to make my brain do it one more time ( after my first degree). I love science no doubt, and I do love anatomy, but I hate routine and abstractisms.
Do you have same experience as I do, and how do you get past it?

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A Little Angel

Originally posted on IKRAM North West:

Every Friday afternoon, after the Jumma services at the Central Mosque (and shortly after Al-Usrah program), the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out “PATH TO PARADISE” and other Islamic literature.

This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came for the Imam and his son to go to the streets with their booklets, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, ‘OK, dad, I’m ready!’

His ‘Mu’allim’ dad asked, ‘Ready for what?’

‘Dad, it’s time we gather our tracts together and go out.’

Dad responds, ‘Son, it’s very cold outside and it’s pouring rain.’

The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, ‘But Dad, aren’t people still going to Hell, even though it’s raining?’

Dad answers, ‘Son, I am not going out in this weather.’

Despondently, the…

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These days, it is becoming common seeing married couples start businesses together, and one cannot help but wonder, how is it easy combining business with pleasure? In this post, I have added a poll to know your views about this situation. Let us know your take my dears!

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To man, life offers many options
today, he prefers going with assumptions
without struggle he wants to achieve all
lacking his main weapon, because ignorance is his call
All agree that knowledge is power
yet seeking it has been thrown to the sewer
ignorance only breathes out stagnation
and on the future generation, condemnation
Knowledge is suffering defeat amongst us
and as a lost goal, needs be found with renewed force
its obligation upon us is one of a believer’s marks
and Allah will exalt those with knowledge to high ranks.

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